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Shark nets: Help or hindrance?

November 5, 2014


PatrickPatrick Molnar investigates.

It was a beautiful sunny and calm day on the Gold Coast while we were following a whale family for about 20 minutes. Tourists and locals were enjoying the closeness of these magnificent animals when suddenly one of the crew members said that we had to change direction, so as not to deflect the whales to the shark nets.

If you are living in Queensland, you have probably heard about the Shark Control Program that creates debate in almost every corner of Australia. Even brothers can argue on this topic. Some believe shark nets are a great way to keep surfers and swimmers safe in the water, but more people believe the opposite because of the great number of non-targeted marine life that have been killed by shark nets.

Shark nets and drum lines are the two most common types of shark control that exist in Australia…

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