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Stupid New Trend of Riding Sharks Needs to Stop

On the list of things you probably shouldn’t be doing with your life, we’d say riding a shark is up there. A recent stream of videos have appeared online showing people swimming with sharks “for fun” and even a few “hugging” onto them or grabbing their dorsal fins for a short little ride.

The trend apparently started with good intentions, according to Salon, “The early shark riding videos were primarily released by conservationists who were trying to drive home the message that sharks are not mindless killers that continually roam the oceans seeking out humans for their next meal.”

While that is certainly a good intention, people have taken it one step too far and it has become a dangerous game. We had similar trepidation about the “Lion Whisperer” hugging a lion video for GoPro. We need to be able to make the distinction that someone doing something extraordinary with a wild animal is not something the general public should attempt. Definitely view the moment in awe, but recognize that hugging a lion or riding a shark is not something to go out and do yourself.

It seems almost unnecessary to say that this trend is dangerous, sharks (like lions) are wild and should be treated with respect, not ridden on like an underwater taxi. It will only take one shark who reacts negatively to this stupid new trend to negate the work that conservationists are doing to promote respect for these creatures.

Image Source: Pierre Winther

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53 comments on “Stupid New Trend of Riding Sharks Needs to Stop!”

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Jason Swetland
4 Years Ago

The sharks will take care of the joy riders soon enough.

Karen Pozz
4 Years Ago

Completely idiotic. . . Not to mention the shark could flip him over and have him for a meal. Their powerful and quick.

Adrian White
4 Years Ago

Totally agree

Margana Skye
4 Years Ago

This should be seen as weeding out the herd. They need to be eaten for excelling at stupid.

Mike Bhana
4 Years Ago

Hey Lance Haysom I don't ride em I film them. Except for the occasional Megalodon ofcourse.

Lance Haysom
4 Years Ago

Yes Mike Bhana stop it

Rusty ForeverFree
4 Years Ago

They should all get bitten their heads off......would serve them right!!

Kenneth E. Whitney
4 Years Ago

Dumb people always need to be reminded where tbey fall on the food chain

Robin Stacy Schnee
4 Years Ago

I hope he looses a leg

Roberta J Repasz
4 Years Ago

you are totally right...these are stupid activities...:p


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