We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I hope they care! People taste terrible, and are gross. They need to watche their diet.
child of the trillion dollar wasteland
I understand that the shark is now protected. And for that reason when the sharks appear offshore and hundreds of vacationers are forced out of the water, which is broadcast that night on the Boston News Stations. With continued sightings and continued beach closings the important tourist industry on Cape Cod begins to suffer.
So can we question the reason for protecting the non-cuddly shark or perhaps remove it so that when the sharks show up offshore we can go out and KILL them?
John the River ... One of the reasons that naturalists want to protect sharks is their place in our universe. Sharks are sometimes called "the vacuum cleaners of the sea." They are scavengers who are seagoing vultures, if you will, and they are protected because they mate not often enough to maintain their populations. One year when I had to be in Hawaii for a trustees meeting, my naturalist husband hitched a ride on a boat being operated by some naturalists, and spent the afternoon observing the Waikiki beaches from offshore. He came back fascinated that even though the waters off the beaches are protected by netting there were one heck of a lot of sharks on the other side of the netting. Little did the swimmers inside the netting know how closely they were being observed by hungry maneaters.
It's sometimes called "the balance of nature," John. Needless to say, I'd rather swim in a landlocked swimming pool.