Australia renames shark attacks "interactions" or "negative encounters" because apparently "shark attacks" is too mean
· Jul 15, 2021 ·

What, are they afraid the Great Whites are gonna get their feelings hurt?

Officials in Australia are describing shark attacks as "interactions" or "negative encounters" as part of a new strategy for helping the animals to be more understood.

More understood? Who wants to develop a deeper understanding of a shark that just took their leg off?

The change in language is part of an effort to overhaul public perception of the threatened species, with authorities and scientists keen to change their long-standing image as deadly, man-eating animals.

K but what about when they actually eat a man, like, in deadly fashion. Sure it's not exactly a common occurrence but it does happen. And when it does happen they are indeed deadly, man-eating animals. What am I missing here?

Multiple scientists have argued that terms like "attack" and "bite" have created a culture of fear surrounding the animals, which is harming efforts to help protect them.

But here's the thing though: When a shark "attacks" and "bites" a person, THERE SHOULD BE A CULTURE OF FEAR AROUND THAT ANIMAL. It's a freaking missile shaped swimming murder machine!

Leonardo Guida, a shark researcher at the Australian Marine Conservation Society, told The Sydney Morning Herald that ending the use of such terms "help dispel inherent assumptions that sharks are ravenous, mindless man-eating monsters".

Again, what about when a shark ravenously eats a man, like a monster. Then that inherent assumption is right.

I mean you are only describing this type of event if a shark attacks a person. So it's already a done deal. Are you following me?

None of this makes any sense.

Australia, pull yourself together down there.

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