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He says he’s not worried about the reaction back home. But there have been people who have come out to criticise him.
“Some one on the internet actually came over and said that we shouldn’t put the sharks in the creek,” he says. “(They said) ‘It’s not like they’re going to harm people, that’s what they do.’ But as soon as you let something go on the Internet it is there forever and you’re stuck with it.”
And with the Murdoch family never failing to give Good Australians a helping hand, people have come up to him with good intentions.
On Facebook, he says people “wondered, ‘well, if the federal government can fund medical research’, why can’t we put this in here?” he says.
“And they just go ‘good idea’,” he says. “Then others, some one that I saw on television, went to say ‘well it’s weird that you’re doing this, it’s like you’re choosing winners and losers.’”
“Yeah, well the answer to that is no. This is another level,” he says. “The world is not going back to 1993, the world isn’t going back to only men.”
The now world-famous whale shark swims with Watson at the pool’s entrance.
So why not put the sharks in the creek? Because it would make one place too crowded, Watson says.
His other suggestion is to pull the shark from the creek and let it go down to Byron Bay.
“No, you can’t kill it. Let it go,” he says. “Yeah, well that is where it lives anyway. You can get it there and look after it, that would be my preference, instead of putting it in the creek.”