Well, I understand if they respect it like say someone respects a lion or a tiger.Yeah. Why should anyone be afraid of something with rows upon rows of razor sharp teeth? That’s part of the appeal.
src: https://theconversation.com/plagues...ic-about-rumours-of-rising-populations-189333Seirian Sumner said:A national TV station asked me to appear on national TV this week to talk about horrific wasp stories. But after explaining to the broadcaster’s researcher that these articles have little scientific truth, they dropped me with the words:
“We might need someone who works in pest control instead.”
Exactly what I was trying to say. Me loving Discovery Channel's Shark Week is a double edged sword.Anything covered negatively in the media for clicks and views will be feared by the common public. News outlets don't care that it harms conservation efforts by fearmongering. In reality it's up to us to take the necessary precautions, because we are crossing into their territory when we swim on beaches; they're just trying to exist.
Sharks have fortunately healed from a negative public eye for the most part, thanks to widely successful public outreach like Shark Week, but this is a recurrent issue with media portrayals of animals in both fiction as well as poorly worded news headlines. Of course this is a frustrating topic for me, as most of my favorite animals are maligned like this. It's currently that time of year where people gotta spread a bunch of needless terror about wasps because it's the time of year where we're going to be interacting with them most. This statement right here I think about sums up why there is such a problem:
Media outlets don't WANT to correct this problem, because they benefit from certain animals being covered in a negative light. They make money off this ill coverage, and therefore will selectively seek out the people who will provide the perspective they want, while turning away experts on these animals who actually have the power to set things straight.