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Shark attack on cuttlefish researchers

Mizu

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lol
Cuttlefish have contracted with the local sharks for protection :smile:
thats at least 2 divers that wont harvesting wild cuttle eggs.
not to sound insensitive but like my friend always said
"Never go ANYWHERE that you are not at the top of the food chain"
 

Neogonodactylus

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I'm sorry, but I can't find anything to laugh about concerning the loss of a life. Most biologist who study cephalopods do so with the ultimate hope that the information we gain will help us to understand and protect them. To do that requires the study of specimens. Unfortunately, the acquisition of animals or observations on them can at times be dangerous. Those risks are accepted. When they are unfortunately realized, we grieve for the loss of the life of a colleague and carry one - sadder, but with conviction that the best way to preserve this planet is to understand it.

Roy
 
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I heard it on the radio in the afternoon, the word "Great White" always inspires fear and spreads the news quick.
But still, it's nothing to laugh about and there are always those who are sacrificed in order for their cause and what they believe in.
 

Mizu

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yeah we are gonna have to disagree on this one
I always get a chuckle when mother nature gets a little even on humantiy
its not like we dont kill eachother by the thousands every day
stuff like this should go almost unheard in the din of the daily killings we perfom on eachother as a species.
 

Clem

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Mizu,

I'd wager that Jarrod Stehbens's colleagues (out of whose hands Stehbens was apparently yanked) don't share your mirth. This was not an instance of Mother Nature taking vengeance upon man. Sharks do not care one way or another about us.

If a cephalopod researcher associated with TONMO were taken by a shark whilst collecting squid eggs, I rather doubt that you'd dare post such ghoulish sentiments.

Clem
 

Phil

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No Mizu, as Roy said, I agree that a death of a researcher in the field is a dreadful loss. He was harvesting cuttlefish eggs for research purposes, it's not as if the cuttlefish are on the brink of extinction and he was depriving the marine environment of a unique species, or he was doing this for trivial or fiscal reasons. The poor diver's family, friends and colleagues are going to devastated by his loss. I'm sure he knew the risks when he went diving and was victim of an unfortunate set of circumstances. Perhaps his work was geared towards cuttlefish conservation and would have been of long term benefit to the animals?

I can find no satisfaction whatsoever in this tragedy, no matter the appreciation of cephalopods.
 
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Of course we kill each other every day, for horrible and sometimes trivial reasons, and everyone of those deaths is a tragedy for the people who love the victims. And yes, people are much worse than any animal predator, particularly because we have the technology to kill so many at one time, and rarely do it for reasons of pure survival. That being said, how can the fact that we as a species are so horrible to our own make the death of one man who fell victim to a hungry shark less of a tragedy? We can grieve over the devastation that man wreaks upon the creatures of the wild and still mourn the death of one man who just happened to be there when that shark was hunting.
 

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