Friday, January 13, 2017

Eco shark barrier.. for or against!



Shark nets/barriers have always been a bit controversial in Australia, particularly here in WA for some reason.. the argument being that it is we humans that invade the shark's territory. I was surprised when arriving at Hillarys Boat Harbour on Wednesday to catch up with visiting bloggers from Germany and fellow Perth blogger Sami, to see that the Sorrento beach Eco Shark Barrier was in place..Above, the barrier is attached at the harbour wall and stretches approx 250mt out and 400mt along to the first groyne, you may have to pull the image in to see where the barrier curves to meet the groyne on Sorrento beach below..


Sorrento Beach's long stretches of white sand adjoining the many attractions of the boat harbour, home to the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club, practicing first-aid below, make it a tres popular spot for locals and tourists thus making the necessity, and the cost of the barrier viable. So here's the thing, the oceans cover roughly 70% of the earths surface, surely pinching a 'minuscule by comparison' bit here or there to ensure safety can't be all that bad.. what do you think? Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...

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24 comments:

  1. Not sure I can really comment in one way or another. I do know they tend to mistake us for seals or something they do like to eat, take a bite, and realize we don't taste all that good. Unfortunately that one bite can often be catastrophic for the person.

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  2. I recently watched Jaws (again) on Dutch television...hmm

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  3. Better to be safe. Me, I wouldn't swim where sharks hang out. We are just a snack to them.

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  4. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

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  5. Seems a wise compromise. Lovely wandering with you again, G

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  6. We have a goodly number of people bit, sometimes fatally, in the Atlantic, off of our east coast every year. I've not heard of any shark barriers, though. I agree, they have a whole lot of ocean to play in, I can't imagine these barriers would hurt either their stomachs or their egos.

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  7. I tend to agree with you. The sharks have plenty of space to go hunting for tasty things to eat.

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  8. On the face of it, why not have a bit for ourselves but isn't the problem about what gets caught in the nets?

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  9. They have shark nets in South Africa as well. Bonne journée, Diane

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  10. Shark nets do the job of keeping a bit of beach safe. I for one am not against them or managing our environment.

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  11. Doesn't look like they harm the shark. My question is will a bit of net like that stop a hungry great white.

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  12. I agree with you. Seems like the sharks have plenty of space to wander. The human population can use just a bit.

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  13. Still have to shake my head in disbelief about those being in the water outside the safety zone, Grace. And, yes, pro here. 70% plus other (human) dangers... One has to see the whole thing...

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  14. This is the first time I have seen a shark barrier. I'm sure the deeper waters are more to the shark's liking and we can make some claim to shallow waters. After all, the sharks are, in fact, in danger in shallow water. From another point of view, we are making the waters safer for them too.

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  15. I'm pro shark net, I think they can do without a bit of the ocean.

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  16. The shark net seems necessary to me, the sharks are not limited in their moves are they?

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  17. It's a tricky question, as we are indeed invading the shark's natural habitat, but we need to keep the beaches safe! On a related topic, I really don't agree with shark cage diving, where sharks are attracted with food as that in turn means we are associated with food!
    Sharks definitely command my respect :-) I was freaked out when I first encountered a small one (about 1 metre reef shark) when snorkelling in the Maldives earlier this month...

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  18. It is our environment too. I think they are a safety necessity but I don't like to see whales caught up in them.

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  19. Better a barrier that a bite of a shark, no?
    Very nice images of this beautiful (and safe) place, Grace !

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  20. There are only a few cases of sharks eating people, but millions of cases of people eating sharks, so perhaps that net to protect the sharks from hungry people.

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  21. Safety first I guess ...

    All the best Jan

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  22. Better safe than sorry...but what about the whales?

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