Less Blood in the Water: Researchers Try New Way to Keep Sharks From Beachgoers

September 2, 2014 8:37 PM

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Less Blood in the Water: Researchers Try New Way to Keep Sharks From Beachgoers

Since Western Australia's (WA) shark cull began in January 2014, the Internet has been haunted with images of pale shark corpses hooked and dangling from baited drumlines. WA's recent "shark control" measures aim to protect its beachgoers from deadly encounters, but its bloody, no-sharks-no-problem methods have left many around the world enraged.

Opponents of the cull are used to wimpy zero-sum explanations, like the popular refrain "It's them or us" (or, WA Minister Troy Buswell's favorite, "This is not a cull"), but with about 100 million sharks killed each year for commercial, recreational, or precautionary purposes, and with over a quart...

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