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July 16th, 2009
09:56 AM ET

Shark attack victims push for shark protection

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/16/mike.coots.surf.art.jpg caption="Mike Coots, who was attacked by a shark while surfing off the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 1997, now surfs with a prosthesis after losing his leg in the attack."]

A group of shark attack victims is lobbying Congress this week to protect the very animals that attacked them.

Two of those survivors, Mike Coots and Debbie Salamone, spoke to John Roberts on CNN’s “American Morning” Thursday.

John Roberts: What are your personal experiences in terms of shark attacks? Mike, tell us what happened to you.

Mike Coots: I was bitten by a shark in Hawaii a few years back. And just realizing that they play such an important role in our marine ecosystem. People ask me all the time, “You must be so mad at sharks, you must just hate sharks, do you want to kill sharks?” And stuff like that. I've just come to realize they're out there, they predate the dinosaurs, and we’re in their environment. I have no hatred whatsoever for the animal and feel they really play an important part in our environment.

Roberts: A little more detail on your attack. You were surfing off of Kauai. What happened?

Coots: It was early in the morning in October. I was paddling out with some friends and it was pretty quick. I paddled for a wave. The shark came up from under me and grabbed my leg and did the rag doll thing. It was over quicker than I thought. And it was done. I looked at my leg and my leg was completely gone. Went to the beach and my friend tied a tourniquet, stemmed the bleeding and saved my life. They took me to the hospital. I woke up from surgery, went through rehabilitation and back in the water.

Roberts: What about you Debbie? You were in the Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. What happened?

Debbie Salamone: Right. I was just wading and all of a sudden, a shark came up from behind me and grabbed my foot. There was a bit of a struggle and I was able to get away, but it severed my Achilles tendon and tore my heel loose. So same thing as Mike: rehabilitation. But I’m just as good as new now.

Roberts: It was a long time for you to go back in the water after several operations and rehabilitation. How did you feel about sharks right after your attack?

Salamone: I was not a big fan of sharks, I have to say. It took me a while to get over somewhat of an animosity. I saw it more as a test of my resolve because I felt very strongly about the environment before this happened, so I was able to really see this as a test of my commitment to my feeling for environmental conservation. As a result, I sought out work with the Pew Environment Group, which has a big emphasis on marine and a committed global shark conservation campaign.

Roberts: That is a big turnaround in attitude. This week, you and seven others went to Congress to lobby them for a bill that would ban finning. Tell us what this is and why you are so against it.

Salamone: Shark finning is a very brutal process where they slice the fins right off the shark. Oftentimes, the shark will be dumped back into the water, even alive. It’s a very profitable business. These fins can bring up to $300 per pound and we are losing enormous amounts of sharks to this practice. Up to 73 million sharks every year are killed just for their fins. And we’re hunting some of these species to extinction. It's going to have dire consequences for the entire ocean ecosystem.

Roberts: Mike, do you think you bring an instant credibility to this issue because of your experience?

Coots: Yeah. I think just the irony of the situation makes for wonderful press. But who else for an advocate for sharks than someone who's been bitten by a shark? I think it's a great idea and I’m glad to be a part of the Pew Environment Group and hopefully we can make a difference in Congress.

Roberts: So in other words, I guess, the issue is bigger than the two of you, right?

Coots: Yeah, it’s way bigger than the two of us. It's absolutely incredible, just the amount of sharks being killed.


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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. DAM

    I'm sure am glad the T-Rex doesn't run around anymore. Then what the hell would you clowns do? I bet you would fight for them to live after it ate your Mom huh? I would kill it! What a joke!
    I'm going surfing.

    You guys want to try something really really EASY that saves life (lots of it)? You don't have to say or type a single stupid word. The cool thing is everyone can do it too. TRY GOING THE SPEED LIMIT. I mean how stupid is everyone? It's posted EVERYWHERE. If that's to hard for all you bright people to do then what are we all talking about then?
    "A cause" Please............
    Later Kook's

    I am always late as you can see... I was driving the speed limit so that a shark doesn't bite me.

    August 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  2. ASDF

    Too much talk about a lame filler story, i guess no planes were falling today to write about. The victims who were attacked by sharks and are now defending them, well its like Stockholm syndrome. Try to justify those who hurt you. Sharks are not extinct, their numbers are still high. Go kill a few, they are one of the most primitive fish, too bad they don't taste too good.

    July 17, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  3. JT

    Wow. All of the ignorance and low-grade b.s. on this post is ridiculous. I can only imagine you're breeding the same disgusting do-nothing attitudes into your twisted little children, and I'll certainly hate to grow old knowing my future could be in the hands of one of your ignorant, hateful, destructive brats. Like all of you should be, I am terrified for the future of this planet, and I do as much as I can to ease OUR future troubles. We're ALL in the same boat here, no matter what your point of view may be, whether you like it or not. So maybe it's time to start thinking THAT way, maybe it's time EVERYONE concedes just a little and starts compromising, instead of wallowing in these false senses of security, importance and empowerment.

    July 17, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  4. 3234

    most of these comments (the ones that are clearly not sarcastic, i enjoy sarcasm) disgust me. racist, ignorant, and completely idiotic.

    1) those that kill sharks need to be educated. but don't hate on certain cultures without examining your own, hunting is a serious american pastime. we are all accountable for our actions, don't blame everything on china.

    2) it is ridiculous to say stay out of the ocean if you don't want to be eaten. less people are bitten by sharks then get struck by lightning. if you don't want to get struck by lightning, stay inside. if you don't want to die, don't drive.

    3) give me a break if you think that letting sharks go extinct won't have any ramifications. they are such amazing and beautiful creatures that have so much power in the ocean.

    July 17, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  5. bobbie

    Sharks do help the economy, millions of dollars a year is generated from shark tourism, many places in Africa have been saved due to the money made from shark diving. Sharks are worth more alive than dead.

    Sharks are key to stopping global warming, 80% of the oxygen we breath and much of the carbon dioxide taken out of the atmosphere is because of the ocean. Sharks are the oceans top predator (other than the Orca) which means they control the population of all the species that are below them, if the sharks are taken out then the whole ocean food chain will be disrupted. This will have severe effects on life on land. YEs life on Earth may go on, but we humans may not be part of it.

    Sharks do NOT attack people! sharks ocassionally bite people, with only 50 people being bit a year out of the millions and ,millions swimming in the ocean. And only about 5 per year die, compared to the almost 100 million sharks, humnans kill. Sharks bite people to investigate what we are, they are not stupid they know we are not a seal or turtle, but we look similar, sharks don't have hands like we do so their mouths are how they work out what things are. Most times the shark will only bite once before letting go and swimming away, they relise that we are no intest to thyem and are NOT something they like to eat, thats why most people live, if sharks wanting to eat people, alot more people would be dead.

    Sharks are also very shy animals and don't like being near humans. There have survived over 400 millions years, because they are cautious and don't want to get hurt, as they don't know what we are they tend to avoid us as we could be a potentially threat.

    Shark fin is actually tasteless, chicken or beef broth is added for flavour, so the shark fin really is pointless.

    Shark fin soup when tranlated to chinese actually means fish wing soup so many chinese people do not know they are eating shark.

    Please don't be ignorant, learn the facts about sharks before saying you hate them etc.

    July 17, 2009 at 1:17 am |
  6. Jon Samuel

    At first I thought these victims wanted protection FROM the sharks. Protecting sharks themselves is like 99,999 on my list of things to worry about right now.

    Yes – Neal – hate to break it to you bud – but it is true that humans are more important than any other creature on this planet. We are top on the food chain. The only creatures we know of with a soul. The only creatures even possibly capable of deflecting an asteroid from hitting Earth and saving the planet. So we're top dogs all right.

    If any of us had to choose between a child on a beach and a stupid shark I think I know who we would all choose. Hopefully someday we will devise technology that will allow us to keep sharks out of the beach areas. After all there is plenty of ocean out there.

    Taken to its logical conclusion it seems environmental fascists are saying what they really want is destruction of capitalism and growth of mankind. They want fewer humans. Perhaps they should start by self-aborting themselves and do us all a big favor.

    July 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  7. mnemon

    asian_person,

    I am lost how you read "hunting for sport" instead of "hunting for food". I clearly said "hunting for food". As far as "hunting for sport" may be concerned, even though YOU may not like it for whatever liberal/PETA/religious reasons you may have, its just not that wide spread to make any difference in shark population.

    People's experiments on animals are funded by someone. In other words, there is somebody writing a check for some scientist to perform an experiment on an animal. And its naive to think that that person will be doing it for no reason at all. So there must be some cause in that experiment, be it a research of a new drug, cure for the decease, study of anatomy, etc.

    July 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. mnemon

    diverdown, I don't see the research which proves that shark hunting is the cause for declining shark population. In fact, I don't see any proof that shark population is declining at all. For all we know, sharks are not seen as much because the water temperatures are 2% higher. In fact, in all of the fish hunting, sharks are ones of the least hunted, cause most people are not interested in eating them, and even though some people hunt them for sport, the percentage of that finishing is too small to make any real difference, especially if you compare 4 guys on a boat fishing ones a week vs fishing ships which hunt down thousands and thousands, of for example, tuna every day.

    July 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  9. Bea

    For those of you who think the oceans and sharks are not important, it pays to check the facts a little before spewing your misinformed opinions! Surprise, but most of our atmospheric oxygen actually comes from the oceans courtesy of little tiny organism known as plankton. in fact, i;ve read that between 70-90% comes from the oceans, NOT rainforests like most people might think. thank goodness because at the rate rain forests are being cut down, we should be oxygen starved soon... anyways, so the thinking goes: affect shark populations = affect ocean ecosystem (balance) = affect production of oxygen = well, i think anyone can come to this conclusion.

    for those who believe that viagra came from tiger penis, check your facts.

    for those who think that they use the whole shark for shark finning, watch the doc sharkwater... it's hard to argue with video footage.

    get educated and informed!

    July 16, 2009 at 9:41 pm |
  10. Neal

    Tom.....

    I had typed this up earlier at work but it wouldn't let me post, so bear with me people.

    I care about humans too, so much so that I am pro-life. I hope you are to after that tirade. Those hundreds that have been killed or maimed, have been over the course of a hundred years or more, since we decided to swim in the ocean for recreation. But in the last hundred years or so, how many humans have killed humans? I'm sure the number is about, oh, best estimate, 10,000x. Someone tell me if I am wrong. I am all about the preservation of human life but I am also for conservation and the fact that you show that much ignorance in your comment almost makes me lose hope that anyone really cares about the animal and plant life that continually make life possible.

    As for they're viciousness and how the attack seals, buddy, they've been doing before you were sparkle in your mothers eye. So, I guess, why don't kill off all the sharks, while were at why don't push whaling up. Sharks are just as important as them but people keep killing them. With the species we have racked up, I think the most vicious animal out there is humankind.

    So buddy, go on and on and on and on and on, about how they're vicious and deserve to die, but you better throw humankind in there to because the number atrocities that humans have made far out shadow the death of swimmer by an animal that has more brains than you.

    I'm not angry by the way, just disappoint and sadden that you can't see the big picture and you that would rather keep to the narrow-minded view that humans are all important over everything else around us.

    July 16, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  11. fxdidan

    Hey toleratingothers,you sound as if you wouldn't protect your family if some moron broke into your house.If one of these morons broke into my house,they would leave in a bodybag.With all of the crime taking place in America today,the cops can't protect you and your family because their busy eating donuts an demanding higher wages.If you thank I'm just another gun nut,your wrong,I don't hunt animals(if I want deer meat,I've got friends that hunt),I'm just a target shooter,I'm not some right wingnut or a bleeding heart liberal(just say no to the democrat and republican parties,they've caused Americas problems with their greed).

    July 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  12. asian_person

    to jpenn1976:

    Are you suggesting my statement is wrong because I said "killed" or that their parts are "used"?

    Indirectly or directly killing something can be categorized under the work "kill".

    Also, the shark fin is used to make a yummy soup. I did read the article but on the contrary, it's you who seems to be lacking some reading comprehension skills.

    July 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  13. asian_person

    To mnemon:

    I'm at a lost of how "hunting for sport" and "performing lab test to find cure to diseases" fall under the same category (other than they both involve sacrificing an animal's life). One is for enjoyment and the other is out of necessity.

    Also, I think you're being naive to think that ALL experiments performed on animals is purely for the sake of finding a cure to a disease. Once you take off your rose colored glasses, you'll see that animals can be tested for not-so-noble causes.

    July 16, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  14. Stuart

    I love how so many people are, "Yeah, protect the sharks. This is so refreshing. Conservation, WOO!" But the same people probably don't recylce, drive domestic gas-hogs, throw their cigarette butts out the car window, applaud when indigenous predators are killed because "That coyote could waltz right into the middle of my large home city and eat every one I love," and have no problem leaving their lights and appliances running more than they need.

    July 16, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  15. fxdidan

    I've eaten shark meat before,HMM! GOOD

    July 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  16. jpenn1976

    Tom's a fool and the Asian dudes are a close second. "Viagra is Tiger Penis soup." Idiot. "Moreover, at least the animals that are killed are used." Read the article again you dope. The sharks fins are cut off and they are left for dead. Look folks, humans are scum. Animals are pure and belong here. Humans are a disease, more of a parasite really. Conservation is wonderful but if you look at how many people actually care, you find it is a small minority. We will kill everything we touch weather we like it or not and we to will be extinct in the not too distant future and I am glad we will be. Sharks have been here for over 300 million years. Sorry bible thumpers but it is true. We have been here for about 100,000 years as modern Homo Sapien and only within the last 150 years have we really began to destroy the planet through our selfish endeavors. All in the name of comfort. Let us reap what we sow and return to the cosmic dust from which we came.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  17. T dog

    I say kill as many as those things as you can. If there are no sharks in the ocean, I would be a happy camper.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  18. diverdown

    mnemon, what you don't seem to understand is what ramifications the declining shark population has on the rest of the fish population throughout the world. I am speaking out against hunting for food or necessary scientific experimentation, only stating that the importance of these animals, like other top predators that reside on land, to the global food chain is more significant than you may realize. Check out http://oceana.org/north-america/scared-for-sharks for more information

    July 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  19. Craig

    A few things to think about: 1) Don't swim/surf where there are sharks. 2) I'll care about this stuff when sharks start killing thousands upon thousands of people each day in the same manner we do to them. Actually, that's not true. I'd applaud that. Why should we talk about shark control when no one exercises people control. 3) Effing deal with it. If you insist on swimming/surfing/diving/playing in shark habitat, call it a "hazard of the trade." 4) No matter how cool you think it might be, do not try to get a shark to eat a bloody, mutiliated seal caracass off your nose. 5) Let the sharks eat where and whomever they choose – if you're stupid enough to swim in shark-infested water, then you deserve to die. 6) Bees and lightning strikes kill more people each year than sharks. Let's get rid of those, too.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  20. SharkEncounterVictim

    Can someone on here please tell us where sharks live and how they help us 1 more time. The facts of this matter are as such. People who surf and play in the ocean have a general knowledge of things that go on there and are willing to protect it (and don't eat fin soup). People who eat fin soup and such items probably do 1 of 2 things, fish for fins or stay in the back of the chinese take out place they work at and never venture to the ocean. All these long winded speeches on this post board to nothing to protect sharks except make you all feel better. How bout you research the group this lady works for and make a donation or dedicate some time, who knows you might get off your fat @ss and learn something. I am a recent shark attack victim and I do what I can to help out these animals because they tend to keep people out of the water and that's more waves for me. It does not matter what your motives are, just that you do something instead of sit and whine on an CNN post.

    Surfrider Foundantion
    Sharks.org
    Bite-back.com

    July 16, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  21. T from LA

    why do people keep talking about God on here as if he's real?

    humans are no better than any other animal and all species deserve the opportunity to thrive. Would humans still thrive if we didn't kill sharks? Yes, i believe we would. However, if we keep killing sharks, will they thrive, my guess is no. We are raping this planet and delusional Christians who think God put us here as master's of the planet are just morons. As long as humans continue their attempts to control the entire planet, we are inevitably doomed.

    By the way, isn't gluttony a sin? and what is killing millions and millions of animals a day to satisfy your own hunger and fatten yourself up on called? I think I'd call that gluttony.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  22. Amused

    You people make my work day so much more enjoyable.

    *applauds*

    July 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  23. asian_person

    Sammy,

    I don't exactly know the statistics (if there is one) of what hunters do with their prey when the animals are killed.

    I hope it is only the select few that parade them around and then do nothing with the animal's carcass but mount them on their walls.

    However, I've also hoped to win the lottery and that doesn't exactly happen.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  24. Matthew

    I think these animals should be wiped from the face of the earth. They do nothing for the economy, nothing to reduce greenhouse emissions, and nothing for foreign policy. Sharks are a cancer on our society, and I for one, have had enough!

    And these people advocating their protection are no better. I say if an animal bites you, you bite back!

    July 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  25. i love sharks

    73 million sharks killed per year? that seems almost impossible – i know it's a high number, but 73 million per year?! that's not good – no species can exist for very long facing those kind of kill off numbers

    July 16, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  26. debra r

    Are they serious?? For crying out loud, they are in the animal's territory. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  27. J D

    Finning is a despicable process, but wait.. ever see a kosher slaughterhouse? Beyond us living in the wild and personally killing each meal with our own level of love, there is no choice than to have someone kill something for my lunch...

    Personally I don't care how it is done... And while I am at it there are a few other things I need done that I don't care to watch...

    The guy that cleans my sewer...
    The guy that slaughters beef...
    The guy that tortures terrorists...
    The guy that shoots first and asks questions later cause he is in a country that hates him at the behest of his government..

    So there is a brief list of guys that do things that we all desperately need done but just don not want to watch...

    Why don't we let them do it and just thank them...

    July 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  28. droo

    Congress needs to be pushed on preservation of a great number of species as well ask the shark. Don't do it on Capitol Hill, do it at the Capitol Club where all real deals take place.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  29. Carol

    The Creator of life made sharks, as well as other creatures and humans. Cutting off a sharks fins and throwing it back in the water is cruel and should not be allowed. Compassion is sadly missing in some peoples character, when they find they haven't any they should try cultivating some.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  30. ToleratingOthers

    If people don't want to be bitten by sharks then "STAY THE HE11 OUT OF THE OCEAN!" Sharks live in the ocean. People who think sharks should be hunted down and killed after they attack someone are the same people who would have no problem attacking an intruder they found in there home.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  31. Jack Phoenix, AZ

    They ought to cut the legs off the people who prey on sharks for Fins, and we know it is the same bunch that hunts whales.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  32. TC

    I hope Tom from NY gets eaten by a shark!

    July 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  33. Eric

    Dolber, while I am very pleased to hear that you are against the barbarous and disgusting practice of finning, I am curious of your understanding of "never taking anything under the limit". Why do you accept the limits and not fight to reverse them? In nature, the small fry fish are most often the ones eaten by bigger animals, that is why fish have so many offspring, to compensate for the anticipated losses. Catching and keeping larger, mature adult fish is why species are not only disappearing but also evolving into smaller sizes. Think back to those fishing tournament days of your youth, do the typical fish you catch today match those events?

    To consider it from nature's point of view, imagine being an investor of a manufacturing plant. You spend a great deal of money, time and energy in planning and building the plant. But the very day it goes into operation, it burns down to nothing. What an incredible futile loss of resources!! But in this analogy, nature is the investor and the manufacturing plant is the mature adult fish. Taking adult fish before they can go into production making little fish, insures the extinction of the species. The reason fish used to be so big, was because bigness meant survivability. But now, it means a guarantee to become a wall mount trophy because of our testosterone fueled human egos, hence species are evolving to be smaller.

    Please argue to reverse limits, before fish evolve into nothing but what fits under the limit.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  34. Yergenshchtad

    Sammy, we are getting crueler and crueler each day. As we leave our emotions behind we shall become harder to kill and once all the animals are gone we will go for eachother next. May the Best Culture Win!

    GO HUMANS GO!

    July 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  35. Shark Lover

    Tom for NY....you are exceedingly ignorant! That is their food you MORON!! What do you expect them to do? Go to the grocery store, walk up to the buthcher and say, excuse me sir...can I get 20lbs of SEAL MEAT!! Read a book, turn on the Discovery Channel!

    July 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  36. mnemon

    Sharks are not on the verge of extinction. I personally don't like shark fin soup, it has a weird aftertaste to it. But I see no problems with people hunting sharks for food. We do that with other animals, why all of a sudden single out sharks?

    As far as sharks attacking humans, I don't see a point in getting angry at such a primitive animal as a shark. Dogs occasionally maul people as well, it doesn't mean that you should go on a dog killing spree. If you want to kill sharks for food, that's legitimate. If you want to kill shark because you are angry about it attacking people, that's just plain stupid. First of all, you are wasting valuable meat (fin), and second, you are wasting your time.

    For those who think that animal life is as important as human life. You are wrong. And if you truly believe that you should not hunt animals and perform lab experiments on mice/rats to find cure for the deceases, then you are idiots or mentally challenged.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  37. Sammy

    humans have an unfair advantage. >:(
    Im not saying that I am going to leave my town and live as a hermit... but I just think that people are getting crueler and crueler each day.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  38. Yergenshchtad

    Patrick...why must we resort to name calling? There is nothing wrong with expressing ones opinion. Now if you find that your points are not strong enough, you should gather some evidence as opposed to calling someone Ignorant.

    I happen to think that same thing about you though. The core reason for preserving the environment is to preserve ourselves. I understand that others may have a different motivation, such as loving the animals but I feel that they are in love with a concept as not many tend to actually live with the animals. Usually they live in cities and are far removed from most nature except for the Disney Animals that they see everyday on Television and in advertisments.

    Ask a shark about it, perhaps he'll tell you all about it after he eats you and you become a part of him.

    Let us honor the shark as a worthy advesary and do to him what he would do to us.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  39. Sammy

    Tom from NY: So you would'nt care if every single animal in the world died and only humans were left?
    Thats cruel. Thats beyond cruel.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  40. Ali

    Geez, for the sake of the planet, I HOPE we go extinct soon. We just sit around, acting like we are so much more special than every other being on this planet. Sharks are hugely important. They eat sick and injured prey. Humans are NOT on their menu (if you need a reminder of why people get bitten by sharks, look at my last post). We don't even live in the ocean and sharks have evolved to eat marine animals. They have shaped the rest of the animals (watch SharkWater, an amazing and award-winning documentary) and made the ocean into the ocean we know now.

    The fact is, we need sharks for the sake of the ocean. If sharks are extinct, we will have issues with other populations of animals running rampant. It is a shame that sharks have the reputation that they do because they truly are amazing animals. All I can do is thank God that I can make a difference by teaching people about them because of my job, because obviously the ocean needs it judging by some of these ignorant comments. I know posting on the internet doesn't say much, but if one person can get something positive from all this, then I'm happy.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  41. Owl

    There is only one true shark attack prevention that has ever worked. It's called "Land".

    July 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  42. Reggie

    have any of you heard of the Law of Nature?

    big eats small
    fast eats slow
    smart eats stupid

    now get in whatever yoga position opens up your mind and repeat soflty and many times

    got it?

    July 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  43. Patrick from Chicagoland

    Tom from NY:

    Congrats on earning yourself the "most ignorant poster" award on this thread. You appear to just be trying to make yourself stand out from the crowd, and you've suceeded.

    Did you read anything anyone else wrote? No one said the world would end; They only said that it would have a significant impact on the ecosystem of our entire planet – which would in turn have a significant impact on HUMAN life on the planet. I'm no one who knows exactly what that impact would be, but the simplest minds in the world understand the basic concept of the food chain, and what consequences breaking that chain could have.

    As to your comment about "the value of having something around that can kill our children/family/friends...and seals"... My god man, scroll up to Devin Weider's post. Whose home are you in when you're in the open water, exactly? And again, the food chain. Check out what humans do to innocent cows, chickens, turkeys, etc., etc., ad infinitum... Every living animal on this planet has to eat!

    I agree with the idea of quotas... Everything in moderation, keeps life in balance... Fish less, the sharks will stay out to sea because they have an abundance of food at hand. They would NEED to move closer to the shores in search of food. If there were a quota on human life too, I can think of more than a handful of people that world could do without, in the interest of keeping that balance (i.e.- sanity from not having to deal with people like yourself!).

    July 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  44. Sammy

    What do people even DO while hunting? shoot animals, then bury them?

    July 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  45. Reggie

    wow! maybe this could be yet another government stimulus program!!!! maybe we can find a wise Polynesian to run the "President's Office for Shark Attack Issues".... or better yet -Al Sharpton is available....and he knows about chum and how to find it.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
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