"Clearing the waters" of sharks for things like surfing competitions was the "brilliant" suggestion during coverage of pro-surfer Mick Fanning's recent shark encounter.
But shark expert George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told The Dodo that humans are actually invading the shark's natural environment. "When we're in the ocean, it's the wild," Burgess said recently. "We're ecotourists. We're visiting their home."
About the Manning encounter, Burgess said: "It was a situation where the white shark was obviously interested in the human," but the shark probably didn't want to eat anyone.