a wonder for fishermen and sharks

Shark Emoji Review

Look at this little ladies smile! A trustworthy fishy friend! 5/5

Angry and determined. He goes fast but his tail looks too short? Where are his back dorsal fins and other fins? His colour is magnificent though and makes him seem like the prince of the deep! A fiery little man. 4/5

A cute fellow with a lovely face but why is he so small? Why does his tail come off at an awkward angle? Why does he look like a baby fish? Too angular. 2/5

Although nice in colour I feel as though I’m looking at the offspring of some dolphin/shark hybrid. The nose and fins are not right (like most of them) and his tail fin looks bent? 2/5

Now this is what I’m talking about! A strong lady with anatomically correct fins and a wonderful colour. I feel like I’m staring up at an angel. 5/5

What an overbite! This poor fellow just needs a hug. He’s sick of being chased by fishermen and needs a break the poor thing. The simplicity of his design is nice however I can’t seem to locate his other fins. (I’m sorry but this is important to me.) Overall a nice young man who just wants some tender loving care. 4/5

Oh my! A really realistic looking shark! I love them! But I can’t see any of their features :( Turn the flash on next time Emojipedia. A good looking pal. 3/5

AH! Why is she so angry? And evil looking?! It is characters like these that give sharks a bad name. Why does she have eyebrows as well? And her gills are horizontal? And again without the right fin. Not a good fellow :( 0/5

What a friendly man! He has a great smile and beautiful eyes. I feel like we’re friends already. His head is a bit too oval shaped though and the water looks like some kind of weird scarf? Other than that I love him! Everyone’s best friend. 4/5 

Wild and wonderful: Western Australia by Corey Wilson


Sometimes fate can be a bitch. A savage, toothy bitch. There have been seven fatal attacks in the last three years in Western Australia. Seven. Staggering numbers like that are hard to ignore. So a shark hunt was declared. Turns out, it’s not so great.

The West Oz shark cull, which began on January 26, is a catch-and-kill carnival. Commercial fishermen troll the seas, trying to bring sharks aboard. Any shark they catch over 3 meters (approximately 9’10”) is shot in the face with the hottest lead.

Shooting a shark in its face is a surefire way to turn some heads. Hoards of people have descended upon Australia’s coast, waving picket signs and hollering chants. Surprisingly enough, the signs they waved do not say, “Rape the Tiger Sharks!” and they are not chanting, “Good-night, Great White! Good-night, Great White!” It’s quite the contrary.

The shark culling has largely been met with outrage. While most folks aren’t very fond of death via Jaws, they’re not too big on the mass slaughter of animals either. After all, the relationship between humans and sharks is a two-way street.

“The activity in Western Australia is compounding the human tragedy involved in shark attacks. It is very sad that a government that could be seen to take positive initiatives with regards to shark-human interactions by testing alternatives to indiscriminate killing, has ignored the best advice and opted for an approach that is ineffective and counter-productive,” said Richard Pierce, Chairman of an organization called Shark Trust. His educated opinion is accepted and supported by most.

The marine ecosystem is delicate thing, demanding both balance and harmony. Top predators like sharks have important roles in their environments. When you replace a shark with a rifle at the top of the food chain, the effects trickle down. Because of the shark culling, there could be a boom in the stingray population. And that would lead to a depletion of scallop colonies, which would instigate a rise in Plankton populations then effect the beluga whales … Regardless, the culling is set to continue until April. 

With enough collective angst, there’s a chance Australia could re-think their outdated approach to shark control. With enough of an outcry, we can save the treacherous beasts. Because we need sharks. We need them to live, to breathe, to eat — just preferably not us.”

- Brendan Buckley for Surfing Magazine