Sorry, for the spear fisherman drowned off Sydney, but ..
Those who would protest at the indiscriminate shooting of native birds, seem not to object to the ugly activity of spear-fishing in Australian coastal waters.
I recall as a child, a giant blue-green parrotfish, lying on the sand with a hole in its head at Long Reef, one of Sydney`s northern beaches.
A trusting fish which does not flee a diver, the parrotfish is not tasty eating, so clearly this was slaughter. Now forty years on, you can dive anywhere around Sydney, but you won`t see a giant parrotfish any more..
It`s a mockery to have state road patrols which care for injured wildlife - even snakes -while spear-fishermen continue to kill innocent marine life.
The boneheads even hold competitions to see who can spear the biggest fish!
I have absolutely nothing against spear-fishing in poor African countries where entire families depend on the catch for food.
But it is totally unacceptable in Australia which considers itself a developed, eco-friendly nation.
Image: Pity the porcupine fish, inedible, but speared for fun....