Enjoy the changes but beware nudistsTop News | Georgina Noyce 11 Aug 2020
Off the coast of Devon and Cornwall in England, local fishermen are keeping an eye open for sharks. Some tour operators and fishermen hint that warm-water sharks such as great whites and hammerheads could be lurking in the notoriously cold waters around Britain.
Hopes are high, because when sharks turn up, it is good for tourism and fishing, as the sharks always seem to know the best places to snatch a meal.
Along coasts that are larger, more predatory sharks traditionally appear, such as Australia and Africa. They have the opposite wish. Fewer sharks needed as lower tourism and boating traffic since the virus lock-down is raising shark sightings, increasing the hazard to water users of the human variety.
Whether marine sightings are related to the condition of the planet, changes to habitat, or the rapid spread of news brought about by our need to "share" everything with complete strangers, what is happening in the world is constantly evolving.
Since the start of the pandemic, peculiar, amusing and scary things have been happening in and to the animal world. Ireland, for instance, has had a surge in stolen dogs, not just working dogs, but family pets as well.
In France, however, there has been a nasty rise in the number of dogs being abandoned, despite the fact that many of those rescued by NGOs turn out to have no health or behavioral problems.
On continents and in countries that traditionally use animal sightings as a tourist attraction, increased numbers, higher birth rates and rare sightings are prevalent.
Across Europe, wild animals are appearing in towns and city centers. Dolphin and porpoise are venturing up rivers and tributaries, causing inland residents high degrees of excitement.
Birds in their thousands are taking back the skies and fish are schooling as never before, in places usually considered inhospitable to marine life.
Let's enjoy it while we can, let's work harder to keep these rare sightings and even rarer species back in our lives and stop doing things we know are wrong and start appreciating what we have, while we still can.
As for the wild boar that audaciously stole a bag containing a laptop in Germany, I wonder if it will need therapy as the human owner, a nudist, (someone who enjoys nature naked), chased it enthusiastically and snatched back his property.
Georgina Noyce is an equestrian judge, and has a menagerie of adopted four-legged waifs and strays.