Summer Time Shark Attacks
Recent shark attacks may have you thinking about what you can do to avoid being attacked by a shark. The yearly average of unprovoked shark attacks on humans is increasing resulting in more deaths every year. Here is a list of rules you can follow to lower your chances.
- Always swim in a group. Sharks most often attack lone individuals.
- Don’t wander too far from shore. Doing so isolates you and places you away from assistance.
- Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk. Many sharks are most active at these times and are better able to find you than you are to see them.
- Don’t enter the water if bleeding. Sharks can smell and taste blood, and trace it back to its source.
- Don’t wear shiny jewelry. The reflected light looks like shining fish scales.
- Don’t go into waters containing sewage. Sewage attracts bait fishes, which in turn attract sharks.
- Avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes. Diving seabirds are good indicators of such activities.
- Don’t enter the water if sharks are present. Leave immediately if sharks are seen.
- Avoid an uneven tan and brightly colored clothing. Sharks see contrast particularly well, so use extra caution when waters are cloudy.
- Don’t splash a lot. Also, keep pets out of the water. Erratic movements can attract sharks.
- Use care near sandbars or steep drop-offs. These are favorite hangouts for sharks.
- Don’t relax just because porpoises are nearby. Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks. Both often eat the same foods.
- Don’t try to touch a shark if you see one!
If attacked by a shark, the general rule is “Do whatever it takes to get away!” I personally would go down fighting.