Sharks and wildlife tourism 🔥 Hot topics in the Bahamas this week after a fatal shark attack off Rose Island has made headlines internationally..... I’ve always felt shark conservationist, activist and tour operators who chum & feed sharks while diving with them are violating the most basic rules of wildlife conservation DON’T FEED & DON’T TOUCH WILD ANIMALS 🛑 especially top of the food chain predators 🤦♀️ Feeding leads to predators loosing their natural instincts to avoid human interaction and worst associating humans with an easy meal. This particular attack was horrific and different in a number of ways than most shark attacks you hear about... Just to be clear the victim was not on a shark dive or boat believed to be chumming but rather a victim of multiple sharks that sound as if they had become more aggressive than normal possibly due to these type of activities being practiced regularly in the area. I hope this tragedy will at least get people raising questions about local practices and how we are effecting the nature of these top predators.
May Peace be with the loved ones of the beautiful young women who lost her life. 📸 1 : Nurse sharks at popular Stanley Cay considered so harmless visitors stick their hands out and pat their heads as they fight over scraps from the conch stand. FYI while nurse sharks are in fact mostly harmless they can, do, and will bite!! And while their fighting for foot is probably the worst time to be sticking your hands in their face. 📸2: A variety of sharks circle the docks at a popular marina in Long Island Bahamas as fishermen clean their daily catch... At least here everyone seems to know its best to keep all body parts on the dock! #longisland 📸3: National Geographic’s June cover story discusses wildlife tourism along with the havoc Instagram models have brought about by posing with exotic animals around the world. Personally I like the pictures of wild animals in their natural habitats unmolested by humans best.
Let’s try and keep these wild animals and us protected by showing a little restraint and respect!! 🦈 #dontfeedthesharks