Dive shop owners are even fearing a drop in business if divers are too scared to enter supposedly shark-infested waters, too:
Chris Dodd, head instructor at Diving Frontiers, told Guardian Australia that he had never seen a great white shark in nearly a decade of diving in the Perth region. "With all the drum lines going in, people are wondering for the first time whether it will be dangerous," he said. "We take our open water students 400m offshore and for the first time it will cross my mind that sharks will be there.
Over 4,000 protesters lined the beach in Perth last Saturday, demanding that the cull be cancelled. Some groups, like West Australians for Shark Conservation, have even pledged to sabotage drum lines when they are installed. The drum lines are set to be deployed this Friday.