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  1. “There’s no frickin’ pattern at all,” $komal said. Shhh!!! Don't tell CF that as it might burst his 400 million year old puzzle bubble .. LOL!!!
  2. Sadly, WA government has issued an order to kill sharks yesterday http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-10/protesters-oppose-tougher-shark-policy/5147288 Culling the sharks is not a solution. The "strategy" of using baited drum lines, IMHO, is the most ridiculous idea. Why would they want to lure the sharks nearer to shore and kill them? Isn't it a crime to deliberately kill the Great White, a protected species? Is Colin Barnett guilty of a criminal offense? And also culling the larger sharks; >3m will decimated the shark species and cause an increase in pinnipeds. By then, will there be another kill order to cull the seals?? Can they even imagine how many other marine animals will be trapped and killed?? We need International pressure to get the order to be eradicated. Pls continue to sign and share this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-australian-senate-prevent-proactive-killing-of-white-sharks-in-australia-2 Thank you!!!
  3. Western Australia's Fisheries Minister, Troy Buswell, has warned a soon-to-be-unveiled shark policy will upset some people in the community. Today at 10am Western Australian time the WA Government will announce it's a new, potentially "draconian" shark policy. Already kill orders on sharks sighted too close to shore have been issued, so just how much stricter can we get? Please help the WASC fight this. Thank you for your support https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Australians-for-Shark-Conservation-WASC/138762386211049 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-09/buswell-shark-policy/5144522 http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.change.org%2Fpetitions%2Fthe-australian-senate-prevent-proactive-killing-of-white-sharks-in-australia-2&h=_AQFZTwVvAQH_t5kVt5jF1QRm3_zYgc-jz2WNvFw2h1Uyag&s=1 http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.change.org%2Fen-AU%2Fpetitions%2Fthe-western-australian-government-call-off-plan-to-cull-sharks-near-wa-beaches%23share&h=3AQFBS2AbAQEOzTKbFwCOobCgRqhJPrZmBg4DW-z7rDlW3g&enc=AZN4mRtucxd8V7wydLEcoheuWvY6VvkjX9lIHjaBMUgIDAcLAIxT_Vjz8KsvrfRptTQXUWklQavDiu5BhLfYhEg0&s=1
  4. Dear all, please sign and share this important petition from Shark Stewards. Thank you!!! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-noaa-no-to-shark.fb40?source=s.fb&r_by=8711769
  5. Drew: Saw this latest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/january-jones/noaa-shark-fin-ban_b_4337841.html Seems to be related to this thread. I have signed the petition but what else can I do? Thanks.
  6. Sharing some news on WA fisheries tagged sharks: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/how-great-whites-trawl-our-coastlines-for-7000km/story-fnhocxo3-1226772406903
  7. Daniel: Thanks for saying that out loud for me. This is just a sad situation about need and greed involving Bad Science, IMHO. Bluntly put, the vultures of greed!!! ps: i can only hope.
  8. Me too, Mike. And I also hope that those rich sponsors like Caterpillar etc. will stop sponsoring them till they improve in their methods. Am glad to see this news: WA Fisheries will let West Australians track sharks in real-time without O$$earch http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/wa-fisheries-will-let-west-australians-track-sharks-in-realtime/story-fnhocxo3-1226772041752 Quote: WA Fisheries research executive director Rick Fletcher said the website, which is understood to have been in the pipeline for some time, would be ready soon but would not give a definite date. He said the real-time detections will come from the satellite receivers along our coast which already alerts Surf Lifesaving WA and beach authorities when a tagged shark passes by. "Our research program is focused on investigating the longer term movement and behavioural patterns." Fisheries Minister Troy Buswell yesterday told The Sunday Times he had rejected OCEARCH's offer to use its vessel saying the group's proposal did not add to WA's own "robust" program. He said WA's Shark Monitoring Network had already tagged more sharks than OCEARCH and did not require the use of a specialised boat. "Naturally no system can tell you where untagged sharks are. Our job continues to be to provide the most robust information we can, to replace belief and speculation with scientifically defensible information and advice. ps: Am excited to see these new information
  9. Mike: The font size on your last post is so small that I have to put on Costa sunglasses to read. I absolutely agree with you on this one.
  10. Autopsea: Thanks but I'm aware of that. The reason why I mentioned WA is because of the recent shark attack fatality and Ocearch (CF) is AGAIN mongering FEAR to the public by pressuring the WA government with a deadline to take up his offer. How convenient!!! IMHO, it's DESPERATE!!!! State government given seven weeks to take up shark offer http://m.watoday.com.au/wa-news/state-government-given-seven-weeks-to-take-up-shark-offer-20131122-2y16o.html Onto the acoustic tags: When shark attack like that happened, people are relying on fishermen and jumping into conclusions that there is an increase in GWS in WA in the recent years. Of course it's just an increase in sharks and not human invasion!!! I think what WA fisheries is trying to find out is: will the same GWS be "loitering" around or is there indeed a congregation of GWS in their region. Hopefully, with these data, they are able to convince otherwise as the GWS are highly migratory and travel vast distances in a short period of time. So, trying to catch the "culprit" shark is a never a clever solution or worst culling them. But, with FEAR, will these people listen to Science?
  11. Autopsea: Thanks for sharing. I have seen many videos of the smaller shark species (including the larger Tiger sharks) going into tonic immobility but they do recover quickly. I have posted this video previously from one of the episode of the Shark Wranglers which showed that this GWS went into tonic immobility but almost didn't make it. Unfortunately, the video can only be streamed from the US now. I think I remember seeing that this GWS was caught and lifted out of the water. http://sharetv.com/watch/451994 I was talking to someone from Perth on another forum and this is the website that he suggested for me to read about Australia tagged sharks. Till date, they have tagged more than 300 sharks and about 200 of these are the GWS. http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Education-and-Partnerships/Shark-Hazard/Shark%20research/Pages/Extension-of-the-shark-monitoring-network.aspx The type of tags being used are called acoustic transmitters which emit a unique signal that can be recognised by another piece of equipment called an acoustic receiver. A video showing how these tags are being placed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aROU-tpoZUQ Looks like this shark was in tonic immobility but without having it being lifted out of the water. What do you think? ps: I'm still learning and my friend has just sent me a link to his "SMALL" collection to read up so if there is any mistake (or not up to date information) in my posts, pls pardon and correct me.
  12. Drew: Thanks for taking your time to check and for the clarification. I'm glad to know that some of these scientists who have worked with Ocearch before are distancing from them and are evolving in new minimally invasive techniques. ps1: I love dolphins too ps2: I also know that you are actively involved in shark finning etc. issues so lets all work together for the sharks who have no voice. ps3: I wanna to like your last post but am not able to.
  13. Drew: Just want to make sure: is this the same Michael that you were referring to? Dr. Michael Domeier on the right. http://notesfromthebartender.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/shark4.jpg ps: This was an old photo from Ocearch tagging expedition.
  14. Drew: Where did you find the information that Dr. Domeier has stopped using SPOT tag? The information that I found from his website say that he is using less invasive method but still SPOT tagged. Maybe that website is not up to date. Pray share. I have read somewhere that some scientists, can't rememebr now if that includes Dr. Domeier are trying to use single bolt instead of the standard 4 bolts. "Scientists at MCSI have been working to improve methods for SPOT tagging adult great white sharks. New methods developed, tested and implemented by MCSI involve a device to prevent gut hooking, soft fishing gear to prevent skin abrasions and constant forward movement to fully irrigate the gills. Sharks tagged in this manner, including the largest white shark to ever be SPOT tagged, were far more vigorous upon release than our previous method that lifted the sharks from the water. We strive to constantly improve our methods to do what is best for the sharks and the scientific community." ps: This does not concern Ocearch or CF now but I'm still interested.
  15. Okay, to be really precise, my question should be: Is the OUTDATED and INVASIVE methods used by Chris Fischer and the current Ocearch team really neccessary for the Great White Shark research? http://fijisharkdiving.blogspot.sg/2013/04/fischer-reality-check-comments-by-dr.html Mike: not sure if you have read this. Very interesting! But be warned that it's just another piece of tabloid. ps: I just re-read this cos it humour me too much on a dull work day and I really like this bit: No, I don’t give the data to Fischer…why should I…it’s my data? LOL!!! Make me wonder will Ocearch or CF ever be publishing some invaluable data, ever ..
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