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updated: Feb 06, 2013, 8:57 PM

Great white shark becomes candidate for state's endangered species list.

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 COMMENT 371684P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 11:56 PM

Good, good, good. Let's hope this helps.


 COMMENT 371700 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 06:47 AM

I agree. Preserving species that aren't humans is pointless, unless they do us some good. I think we should kill the grizzlies that still live up in Yellowstone too. What do you think, 695? Open season on endangered species? Let's just kill, kill, kill. Kill everything. Give in to our bloodthirsty human nature and disrupt the natural order of things.


 COMMENT 371707 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:16 AM

I'd love to see the grizzly come back, great idea!


 COMMENT 371708 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:17 AM

It's sad we need laws to protect the earths creatures from the exploitation & savagery of humans, but we do. Yes, I hope this will help the species to recover.


 COMMENT 371716P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:23 AM

371695 - three people have been killed by great whites in the last 2 years and you want to kill them all.

How many people have died from gun violence since Sandy Hook less than 2 months ago - over a thousand. People killing people. Does that means we should kill all the people?

How many people have died in car accidents in the last 2 years? Thousands. Does that mean we should kill all cars?

How many people have died of food poisoning in the last 2 years? Far, far more than 3? Should food be banned?

How many people have died because of medical mistakes in the last 2 years? Thousands. Does that mean the medical help should be outlawed, and all doctors killed?

How many people have been killed in wars and conflicts in the last two months - thousands. Humans are lethal. Should they all be killed?

In comparison, Great White Sharks are relatively benign.


 COMMENT 371737 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:58 AM


Great idea, why not exterminate all the bees next so that nobody gets stung anymore. All those allergic reactions...

Life is dangerous, should not be easy, and should contain some uncertainty as to whether you will survive. If you attempt to create some safe haven, you will end up killing off every living thing in the process. You, and, and everyone else depends on every living thing on this planet in some way or another. If we continue to disregard them, eventually, it will come back to haunt us.


 COMMENT 371766 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 08:55 AM

695 = too funny. Accusing others of irrational behavior while creating a fantastical example of some bizarre scenario that has never happened just to prove your own point...a point that is beyond irrational to boot...


 COMMENT 371767 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 08:59 AM

There has to be balance in nature or things start getting really sketchy for all life on the planet. Great white sharks are magnificent animals which serve a purpose and keep part of the balance in the oceans. Use some common sense.


 COMMENT 371773 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 09:07 AM

As long as we're talking about hypothetical situations, 695, do you think we need satellites in space with guided laser weaponry to protect our daughters against alien invasion?

As long as we're talking about hypothetical situations. You can never be too prepared.


 COMMENT 371774 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 09:08 AM

I want to live in a bubble! nice n warm n cozy n safe


 COMMENT 371775P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 09:18 AM

Isn't bubble-living communism, where society is set up to minimize risk and individualism?


 BECKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 10:26 AM

I seriously doubt if great white sharks are critically endangered. They seem to be doing quite well around here. Let's hope it's more about the actual science, and less about the politics (though with a few of the members of the F&W Commission, that's an alien concept).

If we'd like to much more cheaply and efficiently save endangered species world-wide, the answer is to distribute free human birth control world-wide, and change the tax laws to strongly discourage anyone from having more than 1 child. If humans' world-wide population returned to 3-4 billion, from it's current 7+ billion, we'd return to sustainable levels, where we weren't endangering everything else, as well as our own selves through destruction of habitat. In most environmental problems, too many humans is the real source problem.


 COMMENT 371826P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 10:54 AM

I agree with Becky's second paragraph: returning human population to a lower level would be sustainable for many species, but it's not gonna happen.

As for the Great Whites, I don't know whether they are endangered or not. I'd like to read more. Their range is broad and the numbers around here are not particularly meaningful in terms of species totals. It may say simply that there is more prey, seals, for instance, here.


 COMMENT 371835P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 11:08 AM

"The Great White Shark is incredibly important for maintaining the health of marine ecosystems. Because it is a top predator, it plays an important role in hunting out prey that are not as healthy as others, which keep the stocks that it feeds on in a healthier state. If you remove the top predator from the ecosystem, the repercussions can be quite dramatic. In some cases where sharks have declined there has been a wholesale decrease in all the species in the ecosystem. Ecosystems have evolved over millions of years in a very delicate balance, one in which the white shark as an “apex” predator has helped to maintain.

The shark faces a variety of threats. Commercially, it is targeted for its fins, jaws, teeth, liver oil, skin and meat. It is also targeted by recreational sports fishers. In addition, white sharks are also caught accidently by commercial fishing operations and discarded with the other “bycatch.”

Because of its wide range as a large predator, the white shark could serve as an umbrella species for the conservation of many marine species. Protecting the white shark could help protect whole marine ecosystems. "



 COMMENT 372046P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:24 PM

As soon as a lethal pathogen with a high transmission rate (think SARS), and sufficiently long latency period pops up, so that it is efficiently spread by airline travel, our overpopulation problems will be solved.


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