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Aussie Vows to Rid Coast of Bull Sharks; 'They're Bastards. I'm Going to Eradicate Them'

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QUEENSLAND, Australia -- Armed only with his trusty fishing rod, Ian Robinson plans to take on Australia's Gold Coast bull sharks.

The 28-year-old Mermaid Waters man is on a mission to rid our waterways of the deadly predators -- by catching them all.

"They're bastards. I'm going to eradicate them, I'm going to clean them out," he said. "I've got to get the sharks out of the water."

And so far, the scorecard reads Ian: one, bull sharks: zero.

On only his second attempt at catching the monsters, Mr Robinson hauled in a 2m shark while fishing from his back yard on Sunday night.

"Within 15 minutes of throwing the line in I was getting bites," he said.

"The first night all the bait got taken then on the second night I hooked one up.

"Me and my girl we're fighting for about half an hour to get it in, I had to call a mate to come help me."

Mr Robinson said he began his quest to eradicate the sharks so he could safely return to his favorite pastime -- mud crabbing.

"I use to catch mud crabs but I'm afraid to catch them now because there are so many sharks, I can't go out on my kayak because it's not safe.

Mr Robinson said that while crabbing he had a close call with a shark.

"I had one splash behind me when I was picking up the crabs, after that I stopped putting my feet in the water.

"If I can't get crabs I'll get the sharks," he said.

Fishing expert Paul Burt said Mr Robinson would have a hard time eradicating the sharks as the Coast's canals were bursting at the seams with them.

"They are not out there in their hundreds, they are out there in their thousands," said Burt.

During the 2002-2003 summer, two swimmers, Beau Martin and Bob Purcell, were killed by bull sharks as they swam in canals at Burleigh.

Last year, Sarah Whiley was mauled to death by bull sharks as she swam off Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island.

Mr Robinson believes more people will be killed by the predators unless proper signs are installed along the canals and rivers.

"I want bloody signs saying 'no swimming'. There should be warning signs like north Queensland has for crocodiles.

"I (expletive deleted) myself every time I see someone in the water.

"You see kids jumping in the water and paddling around ... I'm pretty worried."

A Gold Coast City Council spokeswoman said the council would not erect warning signs at canals and waterways this summer because it was too difficult.

"We have 480km of rivers and streams and 770ha of lakes and dams on the Coast. Signposting all of them is simply not feasible," she said.

To help in his quest to eradicate the predators, Mr Robinson believes a bull shark fishing competition should be held and a reward should be paid to fishermen who catch them.

"There should be a bounty on their heads, ten bucks or whatever to encourage people to catch them," he said.

"We should have a bull shark classic or something like that."

Mr Robinson plans to use high-rise shark hunter Robbie Hughes' recipe which the Bulletin published last year to cook his catch.

"I love shark, we cut half a fillet off and couldn't fit anymore in the freezer," he said.

Views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of UnderwaterTimes.com, its staff or its advertisers.

Reader Comments

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What a dumbass. look yeah im afraid of sharks but i respect them i don't want to kill them i spend my time diving in key biscayne here in miami and i see sharks but im in their world we need to conserve not freaking kill them just because we are afraid of them this guy is an less than intelligent person i feel lilke personally going to australia just to kick his rear orifice and educate him.
   comment# 1   - Krystle C · Miami,FL · Feb 12, 2007 @ 6:01pm

Jeff, you should really support f***wits like that guy by publishing this ... sorry to see the image of Australians dragged into the mud. Not all Aussies are like that ...
   comment# 2   - Tim · Australia · Feb 12, 2007 @ 10:24pm

Nice to see just how far man has evolved isn't it? Duuuuuhhhhhhhhh!
   comment# 3   - Jeff · England · Feb 12, 2007 @ 11:09pm

This article has been written by a moron about a moron. Why is this journalist writing this piece in a way that makes what this guy is doing sound acceptable? I didn't think that people like Mr Robinson still existed.
   comment# 4   - John Hourston · London · Feb 13, 2007 @ 5:07am

It is due to this type of ignorance by Mr. Robinson, why sharks are so misunderstood and are a threatened species because of the lack of knowledge and the ever growing human impact on them. The Bull Sharks in Autralia keep the ecosystem in check. The ocean is the Sharks domain. They were there first, lurking and swimming the shores long before the 28 years of this man's existance but because of his lack of understanding of the Bull Shark and probably sharks in general, he adds to the problem. If there are those willing to stop his actions, then I hope they step foward to do so to protect the sharks and their environment. Humans who kill sharks are the enemy, not the sharks. The score card is really Humans killing 50 million sharks anually to sharks killing only a half dozen people a year.
   comment# 5   - Jason T. Balk · Monroe, MI United States · Feb 13, 2007 @ 7:15am

Are my eyes decieving me.... This guy wants to eradicate a species because he can't go mud crabbing???!!! Intelligence is something this guy just doesn't have. He should be spending time helping drug addicts, because his parents clearly must have been on crack when he was concieved!
   comment# 6   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:00am

It is retarded attitudes such as this that are endangering shark species worldwide. This guy seems to be kill crazy, if he cannot kill crabs then he kills sharks! What a tosser. Grow up mate. It is their ocean not yours.
   comment# 7   - nereus · Australia · Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:06am

What a "redneck", you go into their environment you oik ! Coconuts kill more people than sharks so why don't you chop down every palm tree you can find. Sharks are wonderful, majestic creatures and you sir, just like the chinese and their "shark fin soup" are a fool
   comment# 8   - Paul · Reading, UK · Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:54am

Hope he catches all of them - seas & oceans would be a safer place for all without the threat of being torn to pieces. HAPPY HUNTING :-)
   comment# 9   - Bobcat Vanderwalk · Salmon City, Bulgaria · Feb 13, 2007 @ 12:16pm

fair enough - but if you kill 'em you should have to eat 'em
   comment# 10   - Peter · England · Feb 13, 2007 @ 12:59pm

Someone needs to take a look at the shark's numbers and see why they are so high then make a decision as to their management. Slaughter is not an option, but managed fishing with consumption in mind should be a good compromise.
   comment# 11   - David · Kentucky, USA · Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:06pm

Krystle C from miami is an less than intelligent person!!! What kind of sharks with do you dive with in key biscayne, nurses and gray reef's.....I dare you to swim with a bull or a lemon....
   comment# 12   - steve · Palm Beach, Florida · Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:20pm

What a typical BOGAN! Don't understand it, just kill it. He's the type of guy, that hoses he driveway every afternoon in drought. Fool! I can't do my mud crabbing! Boo Hoo! This type of guy shows how foolish and ignorant people can really be. Sharks are absolutely essential to the environment. Keeping fish stocks in check. Millions of sharks are slaughted every year for their fins. We need them, just like the oxygen we rely on. Try diving with these powerful magestic elasmobranches and you'll understand their importance to the environment we rely on.
   comment# 13   - Aaron · Sydney Australia · Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:30pm

Good on him !! Those bull sharks are nasty and need to die...to hell with the PETA crowd, the bulls are just plain bad...... Will you greenies take up the cause the common fly next ? Sheesh......
   comment# 14   - Madness · LA Cal · Feb 13, 2007 @ 6:25pm

steve from palm beach i have dove with bullsharks and not to mention been in the same water as a great white in south africa and lemons? are you serious oh yeah by the way IM A MARINE BIOLOGIST!!! less than intelligent person.
   comment# 15   - krystle c · miami, fl · Feb 13, 2007 @ 10:49pm

Bull sharks are even dumber than normal sharks. Hell I been bit by a wobby before but I was asking for it! Bullsharks are another story, they come into freshwater and are VERY aggressive often biting off more than they can chew. These are not the magestic great whites, the gnarly tigers or even hammers or nurses. They are the rabid hyena's of the canal's. You can never wipe them out with rods alone but you can drop their levels back down. I admit that the only one I have caught was quite small, I kept it for a month in a 6 foot marine tank before we ate him. I love my fish, and I hate the way resources are wasted but these bull sharks have become a problem. Fishing them out is ecologically sound, if nigh on impossible. Bullsharks are in NO danger of a wipe out. Save your sympathy for the great whites. They need it! Otherwise fire up the barby and call up ya mates, and in the immortal words of Primus, 'FISH ON'. :)
   comment# 16   - James X. · Australia · Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:47pm

As precluded, When the threat to human life becomes to much, When the death of our children before our helpless eyes, and their screams fill our ears will we decide to make their world just a little tiny bit safer. I think Ian had a great idea. what a stupid town what a bunch of stupid people! They would have a different way of seeing things if only one or two of their own children were savaged and killed before their own eyes, with nothing but the blood and some guts in the water. May they all understand....pamalla Marine Professer 25 years Institute of marine biology maine....
   comment# 17   - PamallaKaya · Indian springs AMERICA · Feb 15, 2007 @ 12:08am

I highly doubt that holding shark killing contests would have a significant impact on the number of shark attacks on people. Lets stop playing God and just leave the shark alone and use common sense in areas where sharks swim.
   comment# 18   - Andrea · Connecticut, USA · Feb 15, 2007 @ 7:53am

What an less than intelligent person this guy Ian is. Sharks are a natural part of the marine ecosystem, and without them the ocean would be one big unhealthy algae pond. They’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years, since before the dinosaurs- we’re the new kids on the block, not sharks. If you want to avoid attack, don’t go swimming! It’s the wild, you moron, not a swimming pool, and if you want to keep it that way you’ll leave sharks alone, for their health and ours. You’re more likely to be killed by a Christmas tree than a shark, and much more likely to be hurt driving to the beach! Sharks, however, are disappearing due to popular misconception and arrogant uneducated rear orifices like this guy Ian.
   comment# 19   - Maya · Santa Barbara, USA · Feb 15, 2007 @ 12:22pm

kill them all the beaches would be alot safer.
   comment# 20   - jessica gardner · williamston, nc · Feb 15, 2007 @ 2:17pm

I know not many people would agree with me but I have 2 small children and have been over seas and had to many close calls. If it came down to my children or the shark, well I'm sure you know the answer. I think if they become a bother just like any other speices of animal then we have the right to thin the population. Now Im not saying kill them all but if it means saving lives then why not. Me personaly you could not get into the water with a shark again but something should be done to stop those that have become to agressive.
   comment# 21   - crystal lee · Canada · Feb 15, 2007 @ 11:22pm

LOL btw, if he succeeded, another similar species of shark would just move in and pose the same 'threat'.
   comment# 22   - Matt Langley · London, UK · Feb 16, 2007 @ 5:17am

i would just like to say,that there is not and will never be a shark free canal on the gold coast, purely because this species moves in and out of these systems with the seasons although a good number may remain all year, most of the larger ones will move back out to sea too breed each year. the best anyone on the gold coast can hope for is that the council gets of there back sides and does more to educate people of these dangers and regardless of cost at least they could place signs at some of bigger lakes and entrances. i have witnessed the sheer numbers that are there, and although ians view is perhaps a little extreme, i can understand his fear for public safety and a real need to do something about this now not after the next few deaths of people.
   comment# 23   - robbie hughes · robina gold coast · Feb 18, 2007 @ 4:13am

Silly is a definite answer for this man's quest for freedom from the shark race.. sharks will always rule the underwater land.
   comment# 24   - Brendan West · Tokyo · Feb 22, 2007 @ 2:44am

now i come from down under and i love these comments coming through haha this guy must hav something wrong with him i think we all established this but common 'Most' Aussis aren't like that we all know we hunt with boomarangs not fishing rods??? yeah silly.... well i also think that bull sharks are the most friendly shark out there well my one is i bought one for 23,000 and its in a 200ft dam (man made) and i swim with the darling heart so yeah there we have it all bullsharks are nice haha
   comment# 25   - heathy · brisbane · Feb 22, 2007 @ 2:47am

The human plague at it's best.
   comment# 26   - Aaron · Sydney Australia · Feb 25, 2007 @ 8:55pm

Yeah, try to get rid of the sharks. I hope they win. It is their ocean!!
   comment# 27   - Moonie · Cincinnati,USA · Feb 26, 2007 @ 4:31pm

good on you, dont listen to these other people who's pass time drinking coffee on a road side while breathing in car fumes. they should try getting in the marine environment instead of getting sunburnt staring into it.
   comment# 28   - david · auckland, new zealand · Mar 1, 2007 @ 12:03am

Ignorance is the problem, not sharks. People fear what they do not understand. So, like a child trying to chase the monsters from under his bed. They strike blindly at everything they fear. Someone down there needs to kick the lazy government in the butt. They need to put up signs, sucure small areas where people can swim safley and most importantly educate people. I work around sharks for my living and dive with them for fun. This includes bulls, tigers and many of the other "man eaters." The sharks aren't the problem, lack of knowledge is the problem.
   comment# 29   - Chad · New Iberia, LA · Mar 2, 2007 @ 5:15pm

hi, the last post talks about how he dives with sharks, big deal, so do i, but we're talking about murky water, and people wading or swimming without benefit of mask, snorkel, or scuba... different ball game . cull the bulls, and let people enjoy the water!
   comment# 30   - jon · sydney · Mar 5, 2007 @ 2:10am

What a champion! I live in the same suburb as him and hes just doing what everyones thinking. Hes just an aussie larikin and ive caught the bull sharks myself,,,,,,,,there are thousanda of them. there good eating and a great fight
   comment# 31   - Reece · Mermaid Waters, Australia · Mar 7, 2007 @ 12:54am

THESE BULL SHARKS ARE LIKE THE MOST ADAPTIVE AND EVOLVED OF THE SHARKS. THEY ARE THE ONLY SHARK THAT CAN LIVE IN FRESH WATERS AND THEY DO A GOOD JOB OF IT, BY EATING AND HUNTING ANYTHING THEY CAN AND ARE NOT AS MAJESTIC AS YOU CAN QUICKLY JUDGE. WE LIVE WITH THESE CREATURES EVERY DAY FOR MANY YEARS AND IT'S PEOPLE LIKE IAN THAT BRINGS PEOPLES' AWARENESS TO THE FACT THAT THEY ARE VERY DANGEROUS AND ARE DEFINATLEY OUT OF HAND, AND I SAY GOOD ON YA MATE WIPE OUT THE BASTARD THINGS CAUSE THEY CERTAINLY DON'T MAINTAIN ANYTHING IN THE ECO-SYSTEM EXCEPT A CONSTANT FEAR FOR OUR OWN SAFETY.
   comment# 32   - JIMBO · MOOLOOLABA,AUSTRALIA · Apr 15, 2007 @ 4:36am

LOOK..HE HAS ONLY NOT EVOLVED...HE IS DRUNK WITH STUPIDITY. LOOK WHATS IN HIS HAND
   comment# 33   - JUNE · FLUSHING MICHIGAN · Apr 19, 2007 @ 1:07am

jimbo from mooloolaba is wrong! all sharks, as an apex preditor, have a vital role to play in the oceans health. people need to educate themselves properly before making brash, un-hinged comments. realistic and manageable comprimises need to be made. if sharks are caught too young and not given a chance to reproduce the effects on the ocean and the loss of such an amazing animal would be devistating. people should also say- No to sharkfin!
   comment# 34   - Rick · Ferntree Gully, Australia · May 4, 2007 @ 6:52am

Good 1 mate your a champ i try to teach my kids to wake board but there to scared of the dam things ~~~lets have a big comp i recon~~~
   comment# 35   - johno · Australia · May 21, 2007 @ 12:53am

You go Mate, you might not get them all but you'll get some and thats cool with me. There are to many bull sharks anyway! more and more you here about bites and attacks mostly from bull sharks, hope you like frying fish.
   comment# 36   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 17, 2007 @ 9:09pm

When a wild cat goes too close to a human community where attacks have taken place, locals shoot it. Hunting deer is allowed because population overgrowth results in starvation among deer in the winter. I am not advocating for the total elimination of the species, but if the sharks are a threat to local fishermen and children, I see nothing wrong with reducing their numbers.However, there is too much drama in pamallakaya's post because the solution to attacks on children is very very simple. Swim in pools,not the ocean;it is safer for children any way since there are less distractions and better supervision from the parents. Unless you are a shipwrecked victim or somehow end up in the ocean by accident,you are not at risk of a shark attack unless you willingly choose to enter their domain. Still it is time for people to appreciate sharks for what they are. I am sick of scientists saying sharks are not dangerous because they can swim with them. Sharks are majestic, adaptable and wonderful but they are not kittens or puppies to be petted. We should protect them from extinction but not because we are blind to their danger potential and if you were in the water with one of these creatures would you really care if one bit you because it was a case of mistaken identity versus an intent to feed? Those that minimize their danger are just as stupid as those who would wipe them out completely from the water. It's time for a reasonable approach!
   comment# 37   - Mia Ossorio · Vestal, NY USA · Nov 3, 2007 @ 8:09pm

i am very upset that this guy thinks he can kill all bull sharks just b/c one bull shark did something to him! that is just like if one dog bites someone does that mean that you are gonna kill all the species of the dogs! that pisses me off! i hate ppl that kill sharks just for the hell of it! if you agree with me or you disagree msg me at starshine411@yahoo.com i am sorry if offended you in any way but you offended me!
   comment# 38   - jamie · corunna · Jan 28, 2008 @ 7:07am

i am afraid this guy is an less than intelligent person, perhaps he will end up getting killed by the sharks he claims he will eradicate.
   comment# 39   - lynne · uk · Feb 3, 2008 @ 9:20am

Why would you suggest that this man be killed by sharks. How does it sound turned around? Perhaps your computer could cause an electrical fire and burn the house down.
   comment# 40   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Feb 5, 2008 @ 6:11pm

there's totally no point in putting up expensive signs (likely to get grafitti'd) everywhere for the sake of irresponsible parents that don't warn their children about sharks in canals and lakes. i still think that dude deserves his mud crabs though!! it's about time the bloody useless GCCCouncil cut down the number of sharks lurking about in OUR - not the shark's - canals. the SEA should be for sharks! not lakes!! - theyre for CROCODILES!!!! ;)
   comment# 41   - steven binnion · gold coast, australia · Feb 24, 2008 @ 1:02am

You call yourself an "Aussie" but you hate our native animals? Then do us all a favor, go to the airport and catch a plane to Moscow or something. Australia has amazing flora and fauna and you obviously don't deserve to live here. And to all of you dropkicks that say that there are too many sharks and they need to be killed... When i go to the shops there are people everywhere, they get in my way, maybe i'll go kill some?!?!
   comment# 42   - Mick Golubovic · Adelaide, South Australia · May 7, 2008 @ 9:32pm

What a homersexual of an excuse this man uses... He thinks that one bullshark "splashed behind him" whilst crabbing was a "close call"...WHAT A JOKE! What it really proves is, that these animals are harmless and 9 out of 10 times do not harm humans. This dorkhead needs to watch this new documentary coming out called "Sharkwater", its a documentary film on how timid these creatures really are and how we cant survive without them...and that we need to PROTECT THEM not kill them.
   comment# 43   - Vivian Andersen · Sydney, Australia - · May 17, 2008 @ 8:29pm

Go ian. kill em. maybe we'll have more and bigger fish to catch in the canals. bull sharks are just stealing the fishes and the humans
   comment# 44   - Sonny · Gold Coast · May 21, 2008 @ 2:59pm

Loserrrrr! Sharks are great animals and we should respect them because they are so powerful. They live in the water and we don't, so just look out when you go for a swim.
   comment# 45   - Henk · Holland · Sep 28, 2008 @ 12:45pm

"Wants to eradicate sharks because he can't go mudcrabbing". What a moron - if a shark does get him it will be natural selection at it's best. Idiots like this should not be allowed breed.
   comment# 46   - Paul B · Ireland · Oct 1, 2008 @ 8:04pm

All you idiots wanting to kill and eat these sharks need to be shot! Only backward hill billies would consider doing something as moronic as that! Bull sharks only mature at 21 years of age, so anyone believing that these animals are not in danger of being wiped out is absolutely ignorant and obviously very misinformed!
   comment# 47   - Kailen P · Johannesburg South Africa · Oct 6, 2008 @ 10:41am

Happy fishing.
   comment# 48   - Steve · Newfoundland · Nov 17, 2008 @ 2:53pm

All sharks should be eradicated, not just Bull Sharks. They are a hangover from the dinosaur age & should have been extinct long ago. If anyone has ever witnessed the savage mauling of a person while swimming they would agree. Sharks do nothing for the oceans ecosystem or environment as they are the top of the food chain. Yes greenies everywhere are ranting to save them all. But I have never heard a valid reason yet. Despite popular belief, they are mindless eating machines. People say the ocean is theirs, I say it's ours. Sharks are not an endangered species, just ask any sea fisherman how much their numbers are increasing. Cull them now before we have an epidemic and more innocent people are killed or maimed.
   comment# 49   - Susan · Australia · Nov 17, 2008 @ 4:39pm

Dear Susan from Australia, Sharks help our ecosystem by cleaning out the oceans from weaker, diseased fish and mammals, keep the sea lion and jelly fish populations under control, which in turn keeps the octopus population under control and makes fish available for humans to fish. That may not be valid for you now, but it would be if we ended up with giant octopi grabbing people at the beach,which sharks prevent. Nothing survives evolution if it is not useful.They are not a throw back to the dinosaur era either since they actually pre-date the dinosaurs. I have actually swam with these creatures,unharmed,so not all sharks are people maulers(although of course they are not puppies/kitties that I would go over and pet) but if murder is a reason for extinction, human beings should have been gone a long time ago- just look at pictures from the carnages of war.They are so much worse than any shark attack, and the damage was inflicted to feed greed not hunger. Not all sharks are endangered but some are and the sea IS theirs'. You may wish to think it yours, but there is a reason you can not go in it without an oxygen tank and gear. You don't have gills. You are a land mammal. Even then, that doesn't make land yours. We co-exist with other animals on the planet-although we often forget it to their and our own detriment. If we keep as we are, killing everything we think intrudes on our turf, we will cause our extinction and no species would ever deserve it better.
   comment# 50   - Mia C. Ossorio · Vestal NY · Nov 26, 2008 @ 8:30am

i am amased i never realised there were so many brainwashed self appointed do gooders all over the world.I thought most of these idiots were contained to aus but look they are everywhere.
   comment# 51   - ronnie · gold coast australia · Jan 17, 2009 @ 1:23pm

seems like a total selfish wank and the journalist too.
   comment# 52   - E. de Mattos · London, England · Feb 8, 2009 @ 12:05pm

i cought a frilled shark they are hard 2 catch they will die if there not deep in the water so get it up quick PS don't cook it
   comment# 53   - james · NSW · Mar 3, 2009 @ 5:37pm

I love how the post above that talks about how sharks are a vital part of the ecosystem and they help to keep populations of other species under control. Isn't that want were talking about here? Keeping sharks under control? Well who's job is that then if they are at the top of the food chain? I'll tell you, humans. "giant octopi grabbing people at the beach" oh my god, STFU. You yuppy do gooders need to be wiped out also. I will never hunt and when I fish, I almost can't kill and eat a farm raised trout because I hate killing animals. Sharks are good for nothing in my opinion. I also don't buy the argument that they help kill other species that take the fish we eat. We don't need them for that. Their are shortages of certain fish. So the sharks aren't exaclty doing a good job then. So I say fire them. Kill them all Ian!!! These same yuppies that say "save the sharks". Are the same ones calling animal control when there is a moutain lion in there backyard. Also, to all marine biologist....STFU. Everything you know can be learned by opening a book. None of you have made any good points at all. Just repeating the same dumb vague comments. "We needs to save the sharks?"......why? Because there important......why? Because. Your lame... Did mommy and daddy pay for that marine biologist degree.... Yuppie hipster jackasses. There was a reason why you weren't cool in high school. Shark week is on as I type this
   comment# 54   - B · California, USA · Aug 2, 2009 @ 5:55pm

wow there seems to be so much controversy over this article! man i say if we start trying to eradicate sharks we are going to throw something off balance and it will come back and bite us in the arse. we wouldnt like it if sharks came up on land to try and eradicate us humans, would we? so why go into their territory and murder as many as we can? its just another perfect example of humans trying to be in control of EVERYTHING. On the other hand, however, if the canals here on the gold coast are so jam-packed with sharks, im sure it wouldnt hurt to get a shark fishing tournament organised to thin the numbers slightly. it would be great for publicity, nd for our marine environment by the way, there's a massive difference between "thinning out" and "eradicating" entirely. anyway keep pounding your chest like the big tough caveman you are Mr Robinson. hope the sharks dont take it too personally.
   comment# 55   - Phil M · Gold Coast, Australia · Jan 1, 2010 @ 11:58pm

i would doubt you would all hold the same opinion if it was one of your loved ones who died at the teeth of a bull shark. im a surfer and sharks are apart of surfing so i fully respect the animal but like the article says there is thousands of them in our waterways, no different to culling kangaroos!!!
   comment# 56   - BL · GC, Australia · Jan 4, 2010 @ 2:28pm

Well this guy is an less than intelligent person but his not talking about Sharks in the ocean, he is talking about the sharks in our RIVERS!...The problem is people who come here on holidays don't seem to realise there are thousands of Bull sharks in our rivers and canels and they go swimming in there...there definitely needs to be warning signs!
   comment# 57   - marie · australia · Jan 24, 2010 @ 1:36am

bULL SHARKS ARE THE ONLY SHARK THAT CAN GO INTO FRESHWATER. AND IS #3 ON DOCUMENTED SHARKS ATTACKS, BELOW THE GREATWHITE AND TIGER SHARK.I strongly believe that the bull shark has attacked and killed more then the greatwhite or tiger shark combined that alot of attacks do not reported or the other 2 sharks take the rap.for the bull shark is the ultimate predator of its ability not just go into freshwter , but can actually completly live in it. a shark that loves to go into the shallow waters just below knee deep, makes it a shark not to be underestimated and is the greatest threat to humans of the shark species, precautions should be taken on avoidance of this shark and if its numbers are getting to many perhaps we should reduce some of them.no one would want to have thier kids swimming in a freshwater lake and attacked and killed by a bull shark that go into from the ocean through a river or canal that is 50 or miles from the ocean. like on one of the episodes of river monsters of the bull sharks attacks in aust. and one attacked happen in a area that is above a dam that overflooded 25 years ago. making that breed of bull shark a completly freshwater generation. then you have the 10 days of horror that happen in new jersey when a bull shark killed several people in a completly freshwater river several miles inland. so if any species of shark should be reduced in numbers its the bull shark for no other species of shark can even compare to the threat that the bull shark can.
   comment# 58   - rj · virginia · Jun 3, 2010 @ 5:20pm

This dude's goal is so outlandish it defies belief. The sharks come in and out of the canals. So long as there a small fish feeding on weed, barnacles etc. on everyone's jetty there will be bigger predators
   comment# 59   - Ben · Gold Coast · Jul 17, 2010 @ 2:28am

This guys is an absolute less than intelligent person, No doubt he has no life and has turned to trying to kill one of the worlds most amazing animals...I hope the shark gets the better of him. Shouldnt be hard!!!
   comment# 60   - Wayne · UK · Mar 20, 2011 @ 8:22am

If you don't like sharks, stay out of the water. It's THEIR territority, not yours.
   comment# 61   - Eco · Lover · Apr 2, 2011 @ 3:08pm

Hey dumb*ss. People like you already eradicated many species off the face of this planet. Now you think its your turn to erase sharks ! At this rate, just in a couple of centuries, most of the species would be erased out by humans. And that would end up being the cause of human extinction too. Happy extinction mate !
   comment# 62   - Santhosh · Chennai, India · Jun 2, 2011 @ 4:13am

Does it occur to no one that if the canals are teeming with bull sharks, perhaps they're doing TOO GOOD A JOB AT KEEPING OTHER SPECIES UNDER CONTROL???????? They're obviously present in sufficient numbers to wipe out all the freshwater fish species in the canals, so perhaps their numbers should be reduced a bit. Clearly they've become an invasive pest species similar to lionfish or snakeheads. This mindless ZOMGgg SAVE TEH SHaRKS!!!11!!!11 stuff has got to stop! Use your brains!
   comment# 63   - J · N,N · Jan 23, 2012 @ 3:41am

I certainly don't want any species eradicated, but Bull sharks are deffinately not endangered. I can't go on a single fishing trip without spotting a shark and I have seen Bull sharks so thick they are jumping over top of each other to get of each others way. This is not normal. Uneducated 'greenies' acting on emotion are protecting the wrong end of the food chain. Unsustainable Commercial fishing practices have all but wiped out the lower end of the food chain and upset the balance. It is not normal for sharks to attack humans when we are in their teritory but they are running out of food so it is inebidable that they will turn to eating whatever they can find. Bull sharks should be thind out to restore a healthy balance and more needs to be done about restoring the other end of the food chain before we loose our beloved sport and one of the healthiest foods on the plannet!
   comment# 64   - Sustainable fishing · Australia · Feb 17, 2012 @ 11:46pm

KILL ALL THE BULLSHARKS AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED!!
   comment# 65   - Bob · mesa,az · May 18, 2012 @ 1:33pm

feed the tree huggers to the bullsharks
   comment# 66   - vito · aus brisbane · Sep 27, 2012 @ 6:33am

I feel unsafe going out in public with citizens like this roaming free. They're a threat to society and to Australia's image, let alone the value of our marine habitats. Eradication???
   comment# 67   - Kate · Sydney · Dec 9, 2012 @ 8:13pm

Yeah Bob heaps of bull sharks in Arizona. Control is an illusion.
   comment# 68   - Barry · GC, Aus · Dec 9, 2012 @ 8:53pm

I find it hard to take any person posing for a picture in his shiny underpants and a beer in the hand, let alone biting a dead shark's dorsal fin, seriously. So don't worry fellow shark lovers, this less than intelligent person looks so braindead, he will most likely do himself some serious harm in his drunken stuper, hopefully fall into a river...do us all a favor. Too many idiots lurking around this world , killing animals for their own sick reasons...!
   comment# 69   - Sophia van Coller · Cape Town, South Africa · Mar 23, 2013 @ 1:13pm
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