on 7 November when I posted a photo of Mark Norval landing a protected species and pulling a pose reminiscent of Leon Bekker I got a lot of comments which you can read here.
I also got this comment to that post from Norval himself:
“Why put me in the same boat as leon? Compare the pics. He was inhumane to the gw and he targets them, he went to get one. I did not! Foul hooked the fish, the hook broke off as you can see in the pic, the gear I used was not to target or catch this fish. The only reason I did land it is because my trace and leader was wrapped around its body. I pulled the fish out without a hook in it, I kept the trace to show whom ever wants to. I yreaded the fish as fast as I could like all the fish I catch. The fish was landed and trace removed off the body I snug in a quick pic. A pic only 1 not like bekker with 30 pics that would tell a story and how long the fish was out the water for. unfortunately I’m being accused of killing the fish which is far from the truth! I did not target the fish, it picked me up, there was no way I could tell what it was until it was in the shallow water were it was identified as a white and that the leader was wrapped. I don’t have proof of this but I know whats true. Please stop saying I’m inhumane as I’m far from it.”
I do not intend to be the judge; jury and executioner- but you decide ? does Norval seem to be someone who tries not to land great white sharks as he protests? it really doesn’t look to me like Norval is trying to return this fish ( another great white ) to the water and there doesn’t appear to be any haste to his actions to get it back as the law requires…..that shark doesn’t look like it’s in a good shape; lying there with gills squashed on the rocks. I wonder what previous commenter Buks Nel will say about this?
Methinks he (Norval) doth protest too much! sic