(23 July 2001, Australia) The carcass of a dead whale
attracted more than hungry sharks. Local boat operators took advantage of
the macabre spectacle and ferried dozens of curious customers to the
floating feast near Cape Jervis, 100 kilometers south of Adelaide. As
great white sharks ripped hunks of flesh from the gigantic dead mammal,
spectators took leave of their senses and reached into the water to pet
their snouts. Some even climbed onto the back of the floating meal, one
carrying his child for a closer look at the feeding frenzy.
A ban on
approaching dead whales is ill-advised not
because it saves the stupid, but because it prohibits
more cautious people from closely observing the
fascinating spectacle of a shark feeding
frenzy. There's nothing dangerous about watching such
a scene from a boat--if you remember to keep your
limbs away from the predators.
"These creatures are not toys," said Environment Minister Iain Evans. "I am
shocked at disrespect for their own safety." He added that the government
would consider changing the law in order to protect people too stupid to
protect themselves. Since people are forbidden from approaching living
whales, authorities contemplate extending the 100-meter exclusion zone to
dead whales in order to save gawkers from themselves.
The Southern Right Whale died from natural causes.
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