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Tourists offer to chip sharks in Primorye and scare them away with jet skis

In the Primorsky Territory they are racking their brains about how to build a future year-round resort on the shores of the Sea of ​​Japan to protect divers and other tourists from sharks. The resort itself is still only in the form of a presentation, but President Vladimir Putin, during a conversation with Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, urged people to think about safety now.

The regional authorities are still silent regarding protection from sharks, but the first proposals from the public have appeared. For example, natural tourism expert Mikhail Korostelev, who knows the habits of sea predators well, believes, that observers can help by placing themselves on towers or hills near the beach and carefully monitoring the situation in the sea – the fact is that sharks can only be seen from above. “Flags or different types of warnings can be put up on the beach to show beachgoers if there is danger,” he added.

Another proposal is a classic one. These are protective nets that are installed in tropical resorts – where the danger of shark attacks is much more serious than in the waters surrounding Primorye. However, there is a disadvantage: other fish can get entangled in them and die. And, according to subscribers of our telegram channel “Roof of TurDom”, this can become additional bait for sharks.

According to the head of international programs of the Reserve Embassy Foundation, Yulia Vereshchak, the problem needs to be solved differently: to introduce a complete ban on dumping food waste into the ocean. “The main aspect that attracts them to the shore is throwing waste from meat and fish processing into the water, which is strictly prohibited, but enterprises sometimes do it anyway. This practice must definitely be stopped,” the expert said.

In the “Roof of the TourDom” we spent surveyin which they tried to figure out what products should be used at a future seaside resort to protect vacationers from sharks.

Yulia Vereshchak’s position – to stop dumping waste – was supported by 45% of voting participants. The option of installing barrier networks lagged behind by a small margin – 36%. Some readers suggested a comprehensive solution, here is one of the comments: “Of course, in the beginning there is no need to pollute the sea. However, it is necessary to install modern tracking sensors in the beach area; doesn’t technology allow it? It would be nice to provide rescuers with jet skis to save people and scare away predators. Ideally, sharks should be microchipped while they are in a state of suspended animation.”

At the same time, 22% of survey participants believe that the problem is far-fetched. Indeed, there are opinions that the danger of sharks in Primorye is exaggerated. They say that the species found here are mainly species that are not dangerous to humans – the herring shark and the katran. However, there were attacks on people. For example, in August 2011, two emergency situations were recorded within 24 hours in Telyakovsky Bay in the south of Primorsky Krai. A 25-year-old man lost both arms and was taken to hospital in serious condition; a 16-year-old teenager received lacerations to his thighs. Scientists have suggested that in both cases a white shark committed atrocities – representatives of this most dangerous species for humans periodically swim into the Sea of ​​Japan from southern latitudes.

Source: Tourdom

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