Fox Host Wonders: Why Can’t We Just Like, Get Rid Of All The Sharks?

This Sunday, during the 2015 J-Bay Open in South Africa, professional surfer Mick Fanning got into it with a great white shark. The shark went after him during the competition, and Fanning fought it off by “punching it in the back,” and was quickly rescued.

This morning, the gang over at “Fox and Friends” spent a minute chatting about the video, as well as the recent spate of shark attacks on swimmers at beaches in North Carolina. During the discussion, co-host Brian Kilmeade wondered why they don’t just clear all the sharks out in the water to make things safer for swimmers and surfers.

“I think the most shocking thing is, after you hear about the six attacks in North Carolina, ok these are just swimmers. But then when you see a champion surfer, and you have a three-camera shoot and an overhead shot, you say ‘oh my goodness it could happen anywhere.’ You would think that they’d have a way of clearing the waters for a competition of this level. But I guess they don’t.”

To which Elisabeth Hasselbeck responded, “Sure. If a three-time world champion surfer isn’t safe, who is?”

First of all–what? How? How would they clear the water of sharks? And why would a shark be less likely to attack a surfer than a swimmer? How the hell would a shark be able to tell the difference? Like, what? The shark’s gonna be like “OH, that guy has a board and a different kind of outfit – I’d better leave him alone”? Probably not! 

Listen. I am scared to death of sharks. When I was a kid, my dad, for some reason, thought it was OK to let me watch “Jaws” with him even though my mom never let me watch anything violent, and to casually mention that it was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, not too far from us. The next time we were about to go sailing, I grabbed onto a pole on the dock and they literally had to pull me off of it, white knuckled and screaming. I really, really do not want to be murdered by a shark. I want that less than pretty much anything.

However! The ocean is the shark’s home. That’s where it lives. I don’t show up to Brian Kilmeade’s home with a surfboard and ask him to clear out, do I? No, I do not. And I don’t like Brian Kilmeade anymore than I like sharks.