Shark in the water

This is more about the comments then the article itself. And how about half the comments really showed how much people DIDN’T read the article, or have no clue how anything non-human works.

So, one of my rss feeds brought me this story about a shark that killed a swimmer in LA. Article was pretty straight forward, about how the man was swimming in deep water, and the shark may have thought that he was a seal. However, it seems that people never expected an attack at this beach.

Now, out here in Clearwater, shark attacks are EXTREMELY rare. We don’t really have the normal food of sharks in the bay. However, there may have been seals, and other things that sharks eat, in the area that the swimmer was.
Now, the comments are were things went crazy. Some of them were talking about how they were glad that a “liberal” man from LA was killed. However, no where in the story did it say that the dead man was a liberal. Then, there are those saying “GOOD JOB SHARK, SHARK GETS BACK AT HUMAN.” Again, these people are NOT reading the story that was posted, instead allowing their stupidity to come through. It’s not like MILLIONS of people have access to the comments on the story, or that they just may know you. No, nothing like that.

Now, one comment got to me. And I’m copy/pasting the comment straight from the page.

“191. Sad and tragic but understandable. So, sheriff is using a copter to search/capture/destroy the shark? A gangbanger kills a person and rarely sees a death penalty, usually gets out in a few years after being well fed and exercised.

Submitted by: chaz
11:55 AM PDT, April 25, 2008″

Now, it is sad that a human gets away with killing another human all the time, but when an animal does it, that animal is hunted down. And with sharks, it’s even harder to find the right animal. Hundreds of sharks will be killed, and there’s nothing one guy with a blog that is read by himself and the random people that hit it from WordPress, can do.

Doesn’t help that some people are posting dialog from Jaws. I wonder how many people are going to think that what they are posting is being said by someone. And how many more people are going to become hysterical because of those words. If people are going to post things like that, they should go to one of the many Forums that will allow idiots to post (such as werewolf.com) with a knee jerk stupidity that is being show on a MAJOR NEWSPAPERS website.

The shark has gotten away. Is there any reason to do anything now?

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