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Fox News Host Wonders Why We're Not 'Clearing The Water' Of Sharks

Many watched in amazement over the weekend as pro surfer Mick Fanning successfully fought off a shark during a competition in South Africa and emerged unscathed.  But "Fox & Friends" cohost Brian Kilmeade seemed amazed by the fact that the shark was there at all. 

On Monday's broadcast, Kilmeade first implied that sharks might be more intimidated by surfers and cameras than mere swimmers: 

“I think that 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, say, ‘Oh my goodness, it could happen anywhere.’” 

Kilmeade then said he thought that sporting events such as this should have a shark removal team of some kind.  

“You would think that they'd have a way of clearing the waters for a competition of this level,” Kilmeade said. “But I guess they don’t.”

Naturally, those comments led to a flood of suggestions on social media.

In all seriousness, Kilmeade may be more right than he realizes. Humanity is indeed "clearing the water" of sharks. Every year, humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks, compared to about a dozen people killed by sharks, on average. 

As a result of the mass slaughter, a quarter of the planet's shark and ray species are threatened with extinction, according to a report released last year.

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