Backed by the tea party, Florida Republicans increased their dominance in the state last year on a message that partly promised fewer regulations. But that doesn't mean there won't be any new regulations. Consider this Miami Herald story on banning the killing of some sharks in Florida waters:
Florida wildlife managers, in a move that would be a first nationally, are poised to outlaw killing tiger sharks and three kinds of hammerheads that prowl state waters — but in increasingly fewer numbers.
The idea of protecting “man-eating’’ species might perplex some people scarred by one too many Jaws movie marathons but it’s broadly supported by marine scientists, environmental groups and even the International Game Fish Association, keeper of all sport fishing records.
Maybe more important, Bucky Dennis, shark hunter extraordinaire, is all for it.
That’s one telling measure of how much angler attitudes have changed about the dwindling populations of important, misunderstood predators that have long been butchered for their fins and jaws and displayed on docks as “monster-fishing’’ trophies.
A few favorite YouTube hammerhead videos: