The facts are there and everyone who operates in these waters knows about it.
The Old Bahama Bay Marina manager claims this is the second time this has happened with the same vessel in two years. The vessel was reportedly from Florida.
The 14+ foot animal was caught and killed, the jaws removed, and the carcass dumped.
During the Shear Water Affair seemingly every photographer, filmmaker, and supporter of Tiger diving and shark diving in the Bahamas made impassioned pleas, signed petitions and even attacked those who they perceived were against unregulated cageless encounters with sharks in the Bahamas.
The claims that this was also a gravid female with "several dead pups" inside makes this even more odious. South Africa had a similar event this year and the whole industry made some noise. The effect? An arrest, and a heightened awareness of big sharks and how vulnerable they are even in Marine Protected Areas.
That's the point here. There area that this shark was taken from is well known and not protected.
Where are those same voices from two months ago? Where is that overtly vocal community that all but demanded their right to continue to enjoy, interact with, and to make a living from these animals?
Time will tell. As each day ticks by those voices and the credibility behind them disappears-as slowly as this population of sharks will if no one steps up and takes some leadership.
Patric Douglas CEO