The mistake that we make, then, either in seeking to destroy sharks or in not caring if we even inadvertently destroy them, is one of cosmic stupidity. If I have one hope, it is that we will come to appreciate and protect these wonderful animals before we manage, through ignorance, stupidity and greed, to wipe them out altogether. Peter Benchley, Author of Jaws, Shark Savers
Everyone must take responsibility for the choices they make in life. In order to enjoy the beauty of the ocean many of us accept the unpredictability and risk that entering a wild environment entails. We need to protect it, not destroy it.
We must listen to scientific evidence on shark behaviour and safety, take responsibility for our own safety and decisions, and then go out and enjoy the opportunity to share amazing moments with our marine life.
We need to educate and innovate so we can conquer our fears and not our ocean wildlife. We need to learn how to co-exist, and we can do this through collaborative, compassionate and thoughtful approaches that create sustainable solutions.
There are now a lot of websites for the latest updates on conservation of our oceans and marine ecosystems, current Australian research projects into shark monitoring, and human protection technologies. Check out some of them below.
There is also a growing movement of people in Australia and around the world who are passionate about protecting one of the most important predators in our ocean ecosystem - the Great White. Rather than fear it, we all need to understand this animal and try to protect it, because without sharks we cannot have the healthy oceans we cherish.
A hug for whales - Kyle in Tasmania, 2002
The last photograph of Kyle taken on 27th August, 2011
Shark Smart - NSW technology trials
Save Our Seas - international efforts
Sea Shepherd - Operation Apex Harmony
Australian Marine Conservation Society
World Wildlife Fund - shark conservation
Our Planet - vanishing sharks
Blue Nature Alliance - international movement
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"It's surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth."
Sir David Attenborough
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