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How to Prevent a Shark Attack

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Written by Susan Golis   

Prevent a shark attack by being aware of your surroundings and educating yourself on the ocean, coastal rivers and areas where sharks live. In the summer the ocean is inviting and many people travel to the coastal areas for a a beach vacation however a vacation at the beach may end in tragedy if one does not select their beach and swimming area wisely.

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Step 1

Plan your vacation at the beach by checking for updates on shark sightings in the surrounding coastal areas.  Inquire about safe beaches for you and your family.

Step 2

Choose your swimsuit color and pattern wisely.  If you plan on swimming in the ocean, you should wear a swimsuit that is a dark solid color. Sharks are attracted to bright colors and prints. Remove all jewelry, including your toe rings. If sharks are in the area they will notice anything shiny.

Step 3

Pick a travel destination with a hotel and beach that is located away from a fishing pier. Sharks will feed off the fish that are in this area. Watch the sea gulls, if they are diving into the ocean this is the sign that schools of fish are in the area.

Step 4

Swim in water where you can view the sand bellow. Avoid swimming in murky water.  Do not swim in the ocean alone.

Step 5

Women that are menstruating need to stay out of the water, a shark can pick up the scent of blood a mile away. The same goes for cuts and scrapes.

Step 6

Refrain from swimming out to low tide sandbars are fun to explore. The shore side is usually shallow while the ocean side drops off. Sandbars are an area where sharks and other salt-water fish feed.

Step 7

Don't look for sharks. If the lifeguard blows the warning horn get out of the water.

Step 8

Avoid entering the ocean from dusk to dawn. Sharks feed primarily at night.

Tips & Warnings

Never swim alone.

Choose a beach that has a lifeguard.

Refrain from splashing, Erratic behavior in the ocean will attract a shark. The shark will think you are an  injured fish and easy prey.

Never swim in the ocean when there is an undertow, (rip current)

Avoid beaches that are known for sharks.

Sharks may bump a swimmer or surfer before they bite them. The bump and bite usually occurs in deeper water.

The United States had the highest number of shark attacks in the world in 2011.  Surfers were attacked more than swimmers or surf waders, according to a University of Florida report. The sharks were looking for their next meal and attacked 36 people; five in North Carolina and four each in California, Hawaii and South Carolina. There were single attacks in Georgia, Maine, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Florida.



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