Sharks belong in the sea

I COULD never in my wildest nightmares imagine the horror of seeing a loved one – or anyone for that matter – being attacked by a shark and killed.

But I was slightly angered when I read that the shark which attacked a British tourist in the Seychelles is to be hunted down and killed.

This creature has survived in the sea for millions of years. It is a predator and has maintained its existence in the sea via a diet of sea life.

A shark is not expected to understand what is considered edible and what isn’t. If it moves, it receives attention.

We are guests in their world, so if we choose to share a habitat with creatures who top the food chain, then who are we to demand their removal?

This shark is not a murderer.

If the management at these holiday resorts assume this shark may have an impact on their turnover, and they can locate the ‘suspect’, would it not be a fair suggestion to tranquilise the beast, and release it at a suitable distance from them, into an ecosystem that allows it to live its life, while the surfers and swimmers enjoy theirs?

Stu Holt


South Shields.