"They're not our sharks to kill and they're definitely not Colin Barnett's sharks to kill. It's a natural predator, an apex predator, it's essential to the ecosystem of the ocean," de Gelder tells the Sydney Morning Herald. "It's a wild animal and you want to kill it for doing what it does."
Earlier this month, thousands of Australians gathered on beaches to protest the cull, urging the West Australian government to consider other alternatives that won't disrupt the balance of the ocean ecosystem, a sentiment echoed by de Gelder on his blog:
"The ocean is not our back yard swimming pool and we shouldn't expect it to be one. It's a wondrous, beautiful, dangerous place that provides our planet with all life. It and its inhabitants need protection from those that would do it harm."