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Shark Conspiracies: Latest Shark Attack News and Conspiracies Examined

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SAN DIEGO, California -- The May, 2008, episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims to be both "pro shark" and "pro truth."

The May episode discusses a number of shark attacks recently in the news:

  • A swimmer killed in clear water off of San Diego by a massive great white shark.
  • An American surfer in Mexico killed by a devastating bite to the leg by a 660-pound tiger shark.
  • An Australian swimmer mauled by a white shark off a popular beach. Eleven shark attacks in 4 weeks off New Smyrna Beach, Fl.
  • The state of Alabama banning shark chumming off its beaches.

Kevin explores these tragedies and comments on the untimely release of Rob Stewart's eco-adventure film Sharkwater, where the public is told that sharks don't eat people, and they don't want to hurt us.

It's all in the May podcast, which runs 18:10.

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Reader Comments

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Xavier Maniguet in his book 'The jaws of death' - shark as predator man as prey, reports over 1000 deaths per year around the African coast due to sharks. This may be the tip of the iceburg. We do know that refugees have been thrown to the sharks whilst trying to catch a ride in ships. Third world nations are not encouraged to keep records nor would they have the media support. Hopefully this answers the question posed by Kevin Harris when he ponders about the actual shark attack toll and not figures that are fudged to protect tourism and conservation agendas. As for all the people missing at sea and off coastlines. Body parts recovered indicate we are up against either killer jelly fish or indeed sharks that were involved before or after death.
   comment# 1   - RIC D.T. WILSON. · MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. · May 17, 2008 @ 10:45pm

I think it's time we took the logging of shark attacks into our own hands. Burgess and his shark buddies will never do a responsible job. They feel it is their duty to protect the sharks. I think it's time we formed a voluntary organization that feels the people's lives and the accurate account of how dangerous the beaches really are is more important that tourism, and keeping the numbers artificially low. There is a big problem on our beaches and I for one feel that we should be acutally hunting them and setting hooks close to the beaches. These environmental clowns have had their way to long and look at their results. They are using grants and taxpayers money to lie to us. I for one have had it. Why can't we get the same grant money and get the backing of those that are really concerned about the safety of our beaches and our children. The international shark files is a joke, and the people running it are hurting us all!!! Lets get a real organization in charge. Let the ISF people go to the other side of the counter at Burger King where they belong. I for one can count one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. That would be one for the ISF. It's time for a change, and we the people need to stand up and demand that change. Steve
   comment# 2   - Steve · Yakima U.S. · May 25, 2008 @ 11:03pm

Steve: I admire your passion and clarity on the matter. From my perspective, I don't see hunting or culling as the answer, but I respect your position on that, and I think it is a valid debate to have. For me, I just want to make sure everyone gets legit, honest, unbiased data, so they can make their own decisions about how, when and where to enjoy the ocean. Sincerely, Kevin Harris Host, Shark Conspiracies
   comment# 3   - Kevin · Agoura Hills, CA · May 26, 2008 @ 10:51am

'Passionate' Steve, maybe it's you who should be on the other side of Burger King instead of being in the water. The ocean is not our natural habitat. You're right - there is a 'big problem' on our beaches - we already pollute them beyond belief, destroy reefs, empty fish stocks, and now you want to mess with the food chain by gleaning its apex predators! And the environmentalists are clowns? I cannot respect your opinion because it's a pitchfork, lynch-mob mentality, hewn from ignorance and lack of thought. It reminds me of myself as a kid, before I did a little reading and got out there in the ocean. Now I surf and dive in the 'shark-infested' waters of Western Australia (Yeah right!) with the knowledge I am not in my natural territory, there are no Burger Kings 20 metres below the surface to fill my hungry belly and I won't be seeing any escalators to haul my fat rear orifice back to the boat either! Good! Why do we have to manipulate and ruin our surroundings to accommodate our lazy, ignorant rear orifices? Sharks have an extremely important part to play in the food chain and the consequences of culling them, without the proper information on how many are left, are not worth taking. Hundreds of millions of sharks are caught each year. Leave the sharks alone. I respect Kevin's views on getting more information into the public, but that means hearing all sides of the story - otherwise he's as bad as the ISF.
   comment# 4   - Jimbob · Australia · Jun 5, 2008 @ 6:32pm

TIP; if you have a grudge against someone put them in a pool then with a rather large bucked pour the sharks in the pool
   comment# 5   - sharkmaster · mexico reunited · Jul 7, 2008 @ 11:40am

Invest more in classic indoor surfpools to facilitate the demand!
   comment# 6   - Tom · L · Nov 25, 2008 @ 7:03am

Is not good to go looking to kill sharks in the ocean because sharks controling other animals who eat our fish; I thing every body know that, and killing some sharks they do for a reason as comercial:To make some money to sorvive,sport/fishing:as Marlin, Sharks are not except and not to be protected as they are de criminals in the sea like tigers,lions in the jungle and some humanes criminals in ours streets I dont thing is any law who protect a criminal in the world including animals in the jungle or fish in the sea as is a crime attack or kill a human and a shark is a criminal. Sorry for the sharks lovers that is the truth. I am not agree to go and kill them all as that is not de solution, The solution is to kill all the sharks who come close to the beach because wen they do that they not looking for seals or any other fish they are not stupid. They looking for easy foot as swimers, surfers, HUMANES!!! they know were they are and they know is an easy meal to get and they know because they already comit the crime and not be punish so wen they are hungry and can get any foot they know were to have and easy meal a HUMAN!!! they know is not a seal but good enough to fill the stomach you know? and scare it away is not a solution because soon or late that shark come back again and repeat the same crime again and again The solution is not other than kill the bastard, do this and that shark never ever come back and if another come another to kill. SORRY TO THE SHARK LOVERS.
   comment# 7   - John · Melbourne, AUSTRALIA · Mar 15, 2010 @ 6:54am

Sharks are not people, so are not capable of committing a crime. Moron! The main crime being committed as far as I can see is your appalling spelling and grammar. It has provided us with a laugh though, but how can you be able to spell 'solution', but not 'the'? In terms of protecting water users, I have seen devices that use electrical impulses to repel sharks. Could these not be upscaled to protect an entire beach? Surely if we can invent a space station we can stop a shark swimming into a bay or harbour.
   comment# 8   - Tim · New Zealand · Oct 30, 2010 @ 4:28am
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