Despite all the fears and gloomy predictions of difficult times that lie ahead of us, let us keep up the hope that the new year will be an acceptable one, at the very least.
Shark lovers: I wish you and me to have safe and enjoyable close encounters of our special kind during 2012, and may the god of sharks protect his creatures from ruthless finners, senseless nets, and those "celebrity" psychopaths who hate and exploit them.
Bahamian and Florida tiger sharks
: Protected, at last!
Photo: Wolfgang Leander (Tiger Beach 2011)
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