Remember When OCEARCH...
It's hard to keep track of OCEARCH's lies, (unless you just blindly accept what they say as truth) so here's part 1 in a list of OCEARCH's B.S.
OCEARCH tried to branch out from tagging white sharks a couple of times, but even those times it was only because they were denied permits to tag white sharks in other places they were trying to get into.
Although the sharks and the researchers on these expeditions needed help, the general public has forgotten or never even knew about these fishing trips.
The tagging of a couple of sharks in Cape Cod saved OCEARCH. To spend that much money and only tag two sharks in a season is an utter failure for any research organization, yet for OCEARCH it was twisted to the public as unprecedented success, thanks to the deep pockets of OCEARCH’s marketing team.
And thus OCEARCH keeps coming back and tagging the same sharks that are already protected. That we already have years of research on their movements. That no additional protection will be put in place for regardless of how many more are tagged.
But pulling great whites out of the water gets the press every time. Gets the readers, viewers and gawkers as well. Go ahead and pull that shark out of the water, turn to the camera, and tell the world how saving sharks will save the oceans. Sorry, Mr. Fischer, not true, especially not those sharks.
1. You aren’t saving them. They are already protected. You are hurting them, even the ones that survive.
2. The schooling pelagic species being wiped out by the fishing and finning industries desperately need help. Spend your money on stopping that, rather than going fishing for sharks that are already on the rebound and have been for quite some time (no thanks to you).
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Skyler Thomas is the primary blog contributor, cinematographer, and lead editor at White Shark Video.