By now, most are aware of the U.S. man killed in a shark attack off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast near Acapulco this past week. The news that San Francisco, Ca. surfer Adrian Ruiz was fatally bitten while on a surf trip hit home for many in our community, especially being proceeded a week earlier by the death of a swimmer off of the shores of San Diego after being bitten by a white shark. Both of these incidents were tragic in the sense that many family members and friends unexpectedly lost someone in a highly unusual manner. Our hearts go out to them and we wish them the best.
Unfortunately, the tragedy of the Mexico incident hasn’t stopped as authorities have decided to go with the ‘genius-method’ and slaughter any type of shark that may be in the area or simply passing through. Mexico’s Navy and maritime authorities say they have strung about 200 yards off lines with baited hooks near the beach in an attempt to catch sharks that may be using the area as a feeding ground. Navy Cmdr. Arturo Bernal, one of the authorities overseeing this unbelievable display of complete ignorance, stated that they “hope to catch any sharks in the area” and noted that this was the only way to prevent further attacks. If this Navy Commander was serious and able to spit out such nonsensical rhetoric with a straight face, there is no doubt a position waiting for him in the Bush administration once he has completed the task of eradicating each shark from the area.
Our friends at Wildcoast are in the area protesting this mindless act of vengeance. “It is unfortunate that the Mexican government chose to kill sharks as a result of the death of Adrian Ruiz,” said Aida Navarro, the Wildlife Conservation Program Manager of Wildcoast. “These animals more than likely had nothing to do with the attack. Since sharks are threatened in Mexico, this is the worst type of vengeance security imaginable.”
Pictures of the slaughter have come to light. If a picture truly does say a thousand words… these say it all.
Posted by Shaun on Monday, May 5th, 2008 in Surfing.