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Shark Safety Tips

Posted by Jody on August 27, 2011

Here are simple and practical tips for everyday at the seashore!

Shark Safety Tips From The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Grey Reef Shark (Photo by Fbattail, from Wikimedia Commons)

Sharks

Shark attacks, though rare, are most likely to occur near shore, typically inshore of a sandbar or between sandbars, where sharks can become trapped by low tide, and near steep drop offs where shark’s prey gather. The relative risk of a shark attack is very small, but the risks should always be minimized whenever possible. To reduce your risk:

  • Don’t swim too far from shore
  • Stay in groups – sharks are more likely to attack a solitary individual
  • Avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight when sharks are most active
  • Don’t go in the water if bleeding from a wound – sharks have a very acute sense of smell
  • Leave the shiny jewelry at home – the reflected light resembles fish scales
  • Avoid brightly-colored swimwear – sharks see contrast particularly well
  • To learn more about sharks, visit NOAA’s Shark Web site.

These shark safety tips are pretty easy to follow! Be safe out in the waves!  -J-

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