So the BBC Earth facebook page has put up a photo album of animal factoids under the Halloween inspired theme of “Trick or Treat?” The idea is that you have to guess whether an animal fact is true or not, then you click to the next photo to see if you were right. Those who have read this blog will immediately understand my frustration when I saw this one:
No, no, no, no, no! Not you, BBC! How many times do I have to explain how sharks do get cancer? That the myth that they don’t is a ecologically damaging falsehood causing the slaughter of millions of sharks every year for quack medical treatments? Shame on you, BBC. Shame!
H/T to Kevin for pointing me to the photos
**UPDATE** BBC Earth has responded to my comments on facebook. The offending images were removed from the album, and they had this to say:
Hi Christine, Leslie, this was by no means meant to victimise sharks. The intent was that the game would be a little bit of fun for our friends here on facebook. With a Halloween theme sharks are pretty fitting. The science behind their immune systems is still an area of fascination which we know little about, and thankfully people are still studying. This section of the game has been removed, this is a community where we want everyone to remain happy. Best BBC Earth.
Thanks, BBC, for removing those images, even if you did so without actually owning up to the fact that you were just flat out wrong. And there’s no ‘n’ in my name… grr.