Volunteers assist Reef Check Australia to tag and monitor Grey Nurse sharks
Volunteers assist Reef Check Australia to tag and monitor Grey Nurse sharks Christina Pfeiffer

Sharks in the limelight amid WA cull

SHARKS are well and truly in the limelight, as the Western Australia government pushes ahead with their controversial shark cull.

The plan to kill sharks bigger than three metres has drawn protests from marine-wildlife experts and campaigners.

It's true that sharks have been responsible for fatal attacks around the country. Last November, two men were killed days apart in shark attacks on opposite sides of the country. 

But is this really a reason to shoot sharks? After all, sharks existed in the oceans before humans inhabited the continents. 

There are many Australians who believe the policy will not make the beaches safer. Some believe it may attract more sharks closer to the shore.

There are also many people who believe public money could be better spent on shark research, tagging, deterrents and eco-friendly nets. And some will go to great expense and time to protect sharks


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