YOUR SAY: What's the solution when it comes to sharks?
A MEETING held in Ballina to discuss possible solutions to the local "shark problem" has prompted our readers to have their say about what should be done.
The meeting involved Ballina Shire Council, police, Surf Life Saving Far North Coast, and Southern Cross University experts.
"Either build ocean pools, electronic deterrents and drone spotters - or just accept the risk inherent in life when leaving your home to do anything," Sebastian Rooks said on The Northern Star's Facebook page.
Many were quick to agree with the second part of his statement.
"If you take their food by overfishing, making it harder to find your food; if you attract sharks with food to cages containing humans for money; if more and more people enter the ocean to enjoy their 'pastime'; it is, in my opinion, common sense what will happen. You have to accept the risk. What do you think would happen if you went skipping around the African savannah with a lamb leg? Same thing methinks," Veronica Sartori said.
"Don't go in the water and if you do except the possible consequences. It's their territory. They don't walk on land and bite us. I'm so sick of these discussions leave them alone," Deborah Narelle James said.
Odette Nettleton said what was needed was "acceptance that humans are not at the top of the food chain."
"Stay out of their home ... they don't come into ours...." Gail Rathborne said.
Millicent Dawn Mccumber-Kelly agreed, but went further, saying that people were "stupid" if they went in the water. "I think you're putting yourself at a risk and are aware of the fact that it's the sharks that live there, not you," Millicent said.
"If you get attacked by an animal because you put yourself in its habitat that's your own stupid fault and not the fault of the animal for assuming you're just another thing swimming around in its home that it can eat."
Other commenters took a more sarcastic view: "Meanwhile ... in the middle of the Pacific Ocean sharks are discussing ways to stop humans entering their habitat…" Brian Mullens said.
"Did the sharks get an invite?" Carolyn Jung added.
But Matt Greensill said we should "slaughter them all" while Stuart Watson said, "imagine just how crowded the surf would be without sharks!"