The August 23rd article detailing the heroics of a so-called sportsman in the chasing and roping of a 14-foot tiger shark was disturbing from many perspectives.
Where is the sport, or the need, to follow a shark for two and a half miles, and to then loop a rope over it’s tail and drag it behind the boat until it drowns? The captain was apparently proud that he was able to kill the shark without the use of a gun or harpoon. If he had had a gun, would they have used the shark for target practice?
There is a reason why there is a limit to one shark caught per boat, why many shark tournaments are “catch and release” and why shark populations are dwindling and being watched ever so closely.
I find it disappointing that a third generation fisherman, and an individual who apparently makes his living running a charter boat, has so little respect for the creatures that populate the world he lives in once he takes to sea. In addition, he apparently feels it to be excusable to kill a shark just because it was available for the killing.
I would understand his pride in the catch had he fought the shark with line and reel to their mutual exhaustion and then honored his foe with a release. To brag that it was caught by looping a noose over it’s tail so that she could be drug backwards to drown suggests many things, and no matter how long that list would be, it would not include sportsman!
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach