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On Day Ian Redmond Is Buried Scary Daily Mail Says Great White Sharks Have The UK Surrounded

by | 30th, August 2011

CAN Ian Redmond’s death be used to spread fear in the UK? Yes.

As you know, Mr Redmond died while on his honeymoon in the Seychelles. He was buried in Lancashire today. (We have photos but does anyone need to see them?) The tabloids have feasted off the story.

The death of man thousands of miles from home is tragic but lacks immediacy. Then news arives that a man has been killed by sharks while swimming off what the Mail terms “paradise island” – that’s Fantome Island well off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

Wikipedia describes paradise thus:

A leprosarium was established on the island in 1927. Upon its closure in 1974,[2] it was purged by fire. The island is the site of 200 graves. The island was also a mission under the influence of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

Two dead men miles from the UK is not enough. The Mail needs more. It needs to make killer sharks a tale of “It could be you”. So, it delivers:

“Great white sharks are already here and UK waters are an ideal hunting ground, claim experts.”

Or as Dr Russell Wynn, co-ordinator of the SeaWatch SW project and a senior marine scientist at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, puts it way, way down in Stephanie Darrall’s article:

“It’s certainly not impossible that a great white could be seen or caught in British waters one day, as we know they occur off southwest Europe in very low numbers.”

It’s safe to go into the water… For now…



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