More On Shark Week
This past week was the 117th annual “Shark Week” on The Discovery Channel. I’m fascinated by sharks and enjoy this week of shark shows. If I have any complaint it is on the premise of almost every show:
Tag a shark to gain valuable information on these incredible creatures so that we may better understand and protect them because if the sharks disappear, the Earth's ecology will be upset and all species will eventually die off including MAN!! This research is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT!!
The latest show I saw was a free diver trying to shoot a thresher shark in the dorsal fin to implant a tag, something never done before, probably because no one has ever tried before. This valuable research expedition which was needed to save all mankind and the Earth from destruction, involved weeks of tracking, expensive boats, cameras high paid oceanographers and skilled divers.
The show had great videos of sharks and generated much excitement as the free diver risked his life swimming with sharks at depths which allowed him only seconds to plant the valuable mankind saving tag into a thresher shark.
In the final scene, the diver creeps up on a thresher shark at 200 feet below the surface. He is almost out of air and must get off the shot quickly or mankind is doomed. He fires and
The shark is tagged and the free diver makes it to the surface with only seconds to spare.
MANKIND IS SAVED!!
There are high fives all around as the announcer gleefully tells us this is the first time a thresher has been tagged and the tag will give us “valuable information on these incredible creatures so that we may better understand and protect them because if the sharks disappear, the Earth's ecology will be upset and all species will eventually die off including MAN!!”
Call me a skeptic, but if this one friggin tag in one thresher shark that has a one in a million chance of ever being retrieved to give us all the valuable information on the shark’s habits, is our hope to save the species and ultimately all of MANKIND, I think we are in big trouble.
Let’s face it, this tagging was interesting and fun sport for a free diver and made for an exciting “Shark Week” segment. They probably were paid handsomely by the Discovery Channel for the video, and we may learn something about a thresher shark, but I really doubt that the existence of mankind hung in the balance of this tagging any more than the science fiction defeat of giant radioactive vegetables in the famed movie thriller “The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.”
Oops, gotta go. There is a new show coming on where scientists need the gather the DNA of a “Stripped Horned Gobblin Shark.”
Turns out they need this information or the Planet is doomed!