With all due respect, I dont give a $#!% what the researchers say. I've been fishing particular areas of false bay for the last 10 years. I could almost predict great white sightings to my crew and, I could even identify a few of them. For the last few years, the decline in great whites and the increase in the seal AND penguin population is crystal clear to me, my buddies and other boaters who frequent Falsebay. I'm NOT a keyboard fisherman, I go out enough times to know my areas very well. We find seals and penguins where we never did before. It doesn't bother me in the least because as i said in my 1st post, its their domain. If i want the fish, I put in the effort and the time, and if sharkey wins, i take it on the chin and try again.
Go and count the seals and penguins then and tell the researchers they are wrong. They must be spending too much time on keyboards instead of spending days and years counting penguins and seals, you don't think it is possible that seal and penguin colonies have shifted and you just by chance see more where fish? Overall, they have declined though. You also have to wonder what the octopus fishery has on the seals of False Bay because they eat a lot of octopus and these are now being harvested commercially.
Pylstert... My post was not directed AT you but rather in a general sense, however, I agree that worldwide seal and penguin populations are being decimated, but in case you missed it, I was referring specifically to Falsebay. Thats it. Klaar gepraat