So let’s start this story at the beginning.
The French Réunion Island is somewhat of a surfing paradise, bar the fact that the waves there have been plagued for sharks for some time. In 1999 a ban on the sale of shark meat saw the number of sharks in the area increase, and in 2013 there was even a temporary ban on surfing outside of the island’s lagoons while the government culled 45 tiger sharks and 45 bull sharks.
“I have been an environmental activist and voice for more campaigns than I can remember…”
Shark attacks have remained a problem at the site though, and after the 20th surfer since 2011 was killed in an attack last week on Réunion, 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater called out for there to be a further cull of the animals.
Taking to Instagram, Slater wrote some Jaws-dropping comments (get it?). They read: “Honestly, I won’t be popular for saying this but there needs to be a serious cull on Réunion and it should happen everyday. There is a clear imbalance happening in the ocean there.