By James Ferguson
March 9, 2015
The infamous movie monster of the sea is losing the battle to exist, says Steven Campana.
Campana has a doctorate in fisheries science and used to be the head of a oceanography program in Nova Scotia. He’s going to be starting a similar program in Iceland in May 2015.
“As waters grow warmer from climate change and less fish appear from over fishing, sharks begin to move closer to shores for food. Unfortunately, there’s still a fear of the animals due to movies and over-exaggerated stories.”
While sharks kill fewer than 20 people a year, their own numbers suffer greatly by human hands.
According to a National Geographic statistic chart for sharks, between 20 million and 100 million sharks die each year due to fishing activity. Some shark populations have plummeted 30 to 50 per cent.
In P.E.I., one of the largest great white sharks was caught in 1983.
An Alberton man caught a 5.3 metre shark off the western coast of the Island.
This was a surprise for many because no one expected sharks were around Canada, especially P.E.I.
Diane Fullerton, a Charlottetown woman who was at the beach when the shark was raised from the water, said she couldn’t believe her eyes.
“I was deathly afraid of sharks at the time and initially I thought if there’s one there has to be more but as time went on, I got a better understanding of the sea and how it works.”
The sea around Canada is way too cold for any shark to live in but maybe it’s possible for sharks to migrate closer to Canada, she said.
“When I think of the shark now, I just feel sorry for the poor creature.”