A PREGNANT tiger shark hangs lifelessly from a metal hook, as the camera draws closer the predator blinks– shes still alive and could suffer up to 3 days before her death..
This heartbreaking memory stuck to conservationist Madison Stewart, 27, who fears sharks might be cleaned out in years if action isnt taken..
7One shark hooked on a drumline in Australia, the animals are unable to free themselves and suffer a horrific, unpleasant and slow deathCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7Madison, nicknamed Shark Girl, has actually campaigned for years to end abuse towards sharks.
The Australian, from the Gold Coast, made the label Shark Girl due to her work informing others about among the most misconstrued animals of the ocean..
Madison, who left of school at 14 to be homeschooled, was horrified by how the environment had actually altered under the water.
She became mindful of fishing nets and giant hooks suspended on buoys, called drumlines, that were used in a quote to minimize shark attacks..
Madison includes in the new documentary Envoy: Shark Cull, which examines this approach– and airs July 18 as part of Discoverys Shark Week..
Floating seafood buffet.
It shines a light on the methods utilized to prevent sharks from swimming in the waters close to household and browsing beaches, which the doc claims do not work..
Sharks and big amounts of bycatch are caught in the traps, which supposedly entices more sharks and was dubbed “a floating seafood buffet”.
Madison informed The Sun: “The things we caught on movie are dreadful.
” Ive seen turtles, stingrays, harmless sharks without teeth, rays and lots of various species of sharks.
” I think one of the hardest things for me to see was a big female tiger shark that seemed pregnant hanging on a drumline.
” She was hanging vertically so I assumed she was dead however when I attempted to get a close-up shot, her eye began to move and I realised she was still alive.
” I was in the water with such an effective predator that had been left in such a weak and defeated position by being caught..
” It was dreadful, Ive never ever seen a tiger shark so exhausted from her struggle that all she might do was blink her eye due to being a victim to a drumline.
” For some sharks, when water passes over their gills it enables them to breathe, so when they are trapped they can be alive for at least 3 days, which is actually dreadful to consider.”.
57 attacks last year.
Over the past few years, there has been substantial argument about how to prevent sharks from public beaches..
In 2015, 18 of the 57 worlds shark attacks happened in Australia, according to the Florida Museum, however campaigners think government procedures have actually gone too far.
After an evident spate of casualties, Queensland and New South Wales executed drumlines and sea nets to prevent sharks from swimming near to the public.
The webs, which are around 500 metres from the coast, do not reach down to the ocean floor nor the surface, so there are spaces where sharks can swim around..
Its a dreadful, uncomfortable and sluggish method to kill a bunch of animals.Madison Stewart.
Advocates declare older sharks are most likely to get captured in the nets and on hooks, which suggest juveniles that are less utilized to human interaction swim closer to the general public.
Video reveals other sea animals are trapped in the net too, which the doc declares teaches sharks that they can get a simple meal near to busy beaches..
They allege that many Australians are uninformed that the drumline hooks are baited so they can reduce and capture shark populations.
Conservationists like Madison condemn the current procedures, declaring its a “dreadful, uncomfortable and sluggish way to eliminate a bunch of animals” that does not work..
She told The Sun: “Its not protecting individuals at the beaches thats the most significant factor and the whole point of it.
” The public should have protection versus sharks and this process is damaging other marine life in an antiquated way so that individuals can feel comfortable.
” Sharks threaten and we do require security– theres no point of overlooking that– but eliminating animals in this method is an inefficient control program.
” The way we react to sharks is like they are terrorists … its like were out for blood now, its revenge time.”.
Its an incorrect sense of security at best, which is just enticing more people into the ocean to risk their lives.Paul De Gelder, shark bite survivor.
Shark bite survivor Paul De Gelder, who lost his right lower arm and leg in 2009, is also against using drumlines and webs.
He said: “The issue that I have with the culling of sharks … is that its not a solution by any methods.
” Its a false sense of security at finest, which is just drawing more individuals into the ocean to risk their lives … Its not an option by any means, theyre simply killing sharks.”.
Maneater mistaken belief.
Lawrence Chlebeck, a marine biologist from Humane Society International, argues that shark attacks arent as frequent as we think..
He likewise believes the public has excellent misconceptions about the oceanic predator and branded attacks unfortunate interactions.
Lawrence stated: “We hear words like maul, man eater and attack however most accurately these are interactions … its a bump or an investigative bite.
” We all comprehend that those bites can be really terrible and terrible, however it occurs very, very rarely and is practically never ever a real attack..
” It all feeds into the general public mind … and they believe the sharks are out there hunting them and thats actually not whats happening at all.
” Shark researchers will inform you shark numbers are decreasing and have been for the last 50 to 60 years.”.
What if our ignorance will wipe them out– not in 100 years, not in 50 years, this generation, best now?Envoy: Shark Cull.
The documentary, which was made by Andre Borell, brands Australias shark deterrent measures “an 83-year cull”.
The deaths in Australia join more than 100 million that are killed in the fishing market each year– in some cases through bycatch and other times for shark fin soup..
A 2013 report found that world shark populations had decreased by in between 90 and 95 percent over the last 30 years, which leads advocates to fear they will end up being extinct.
” What if our ignorance will wipe them out– not in 100 years, not in 50 years, this generation, today?,” the documentary asks.
Declining shark populations also position an issue for the planet too and the delicately balanced environment under the water.
Great Barrier grief.
The effects have reached the Great Barrier Reef, which is the worlds biggest coral reef system, can be seen from space and is home to countless types..
The natural wonder remains in “really poor health” from our oceans getting warmer, acidification and the “extraction of predators” including sharks.
Without sharks to act as the “physician” for these waters, populations of other sea animals “take off in number”.
This puts more pressure on the reef and likewise decreases the amount of carbon underwater environments can trap resulting in increased global warming..
Envoy: Shark Cull also explores non-lethal alternatives that can be used to deter sharks consisting of a gadget that releases an electro-magnetic field..
In an experiment to test the tech, just one of the 322 sharks crossed into a forbidden zone.
Other options consist of developing a thick forest of kelp out of plastic, which sharks naturally prevent because they fear getting stuck.
Madison thinks fantastic obligation needs to be taken by surfers and beachgoers, who she thinks need to inform themselves..
They can survive without us, however we cant make it through without them.Madison Stewart.
She informed The Sun: “We need to develop a safer future where human beings and sharks can exist side-by-side together..
” Most countries would be absolutely thrilled to have the kind of wildlife that we do [in Australia] and we simply abuse that opportunity so much.
” I constantly remember in school individuals talk to us about sex, drugs, all examples but nobody informed us about sharks.”.
Sharks have actually existed on the world for more than 450 million years and made it through mass extinctions in the past– today their biggest hazard is humanity..
People desperately require sharks too as they keep fish populations in check, which assists the ocean bed continue to serve as a carbon sink.
Madison, who requires urgent action, stated: “They can endure without us, however we cant survive without them.”.
Envoy: Shark Cull airs as part of Discoverys Shark Week on July 18. For additional information on the project see here.
7Sharks captured in the Indonesia fishing trade, which Madison is trying to combatCredit: Caragh Fraser.
7Madison Stewart, called Shark Girl, spoke out about the animals shes seen caught in nets and on drumline hooksCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7A whale caught in the nuts that were used to try to keep sharks away from Australias shorelinesCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7Madison Stewart described seeing animals struggle under the water as dreadful Credit: Envoy: Shark Cull.
7One hammerhead shark captured in a net– some sharks are caught for three days prior to they dieCredit: Envoy: Shark Cull.