CULLING DOES NOT MAKE YOU SAFER… In fact, it draws more sharks to the area.
The biggest myth about shark culling is that it makes people safer by reducing the amount of sharks in an area, and therefore the amount of attacks. The whole purpose of shark culling is that it is supposed to make people ‘safer’. But this is entirely untrue.
Culling does not reduce the amount of attacks:
There is no proven correlation between shark culling and the reduction of shark attacks. Evidence of this can be seen in the shark culling programs implemented by the state government of Hawaii between 1959 – 1976. This program resulted in the killing of 4,668 sharks at a cost of over $300,000, and the rate of shark attacks did not reduce (Wetherbee, Lowe and Crow, 1994).
Drum lines and nets bring MORE sharks to the area:
It has been proven time and again that the use of baited drum lines and shark nets actually increase the number of sharks to the area where they are used. This is because the sharks that are caught end up dying, and are left unattended for long periods of time. This draws other sharks to the area who feed off the dead carcasses.
“Injured or dead sharks can potentially attract larger sharks; which was seen during the drum line trial when a juvenile shark was pulled up with its stomach torn open and its tail missing” (Sea Shepherd, 2014).
Distressed sharks have also proven to throw up their stomach contents once they are hooked on drum lines or caught in nets. This leaves a burley oil-like substance in the water, just 1km off swimming areas, attracting larger sharks.
Rather than reducing the amount of sharks in an area, the methods used only draw more sharks in. This then becomes a form of habit, as the area becomes a regular ‘food source’.