There is not a doubt that our claim to being the 'highest life form' comes from the power of discrimination. We, humans, are able to effectively communicate and act from a more analytic prospective. This enables us to behave differently when faced with different circumstances and situations.
Sad, but true, even as we list the number of humans attacked by animals, we do not spare a thought to our encroaching their habitats, taking our inquisitiveness a bit too near for their comfort, or even stalking them for game.
Fatal aggression that results from provocation are mainly due to shooting the shark with a speargun or netting it. A woman was reported mauled by a shark while swimming with a friend, both on boogie boards. This incident occurred about 200 yards off a beach, and if witnesses are to be believed, the shark was between 6 and 8 feet in length.
Another shark attack was just behind the victim's home; a dock that he used daily. The vigorous splashing about seemed to have attracted the attention of a shark, estimated to be approximately 9 feet long. The victim died from blood loss and organ damage.
It is important to barricade such enclosures prior to regular use, especially since we are the ones who have the 'higher sense'. The waters are their habitat and our possessions, and hence, a bifurcation of territory is essential.
The pangs of hunger and the sight of a desperate human made the alligator a 'meal'. It is not possible that the authorities did not know about the presence of the alligator in the pond. The man's attempt to escape got the alligator into the media spotlight.
When the body of an elderly woman was sighted floating in a lagoon behind her daughter's house, it took no time to conclusively establish that she had been attacked by an 8-foot alligator. The woman must have gone a little too close to the water's edge and slipped in.
Autopsy results later confirmed that she had actually drowned and the multiple injuries and lacerations on her head and upper torso were due to her struggle for survival from a watery grave. The human error―the capture and killing of a 11-foot, 407-pound alligator. A loss irreplaceable!
The human counterattack and assumptions are almost always impulsive and deduced on the first or second pronounced probability. We question human deaths for years―who is going to take responsibility for the animal kingdom?
Human presence without appropriate security and the presence of easy meals, lure these animals closer to humans. The instinct is to wander and feed, and any claim to their land is bound to bring on the 'killer instinct'.