Anyone who’s seen Jaws has probably experienced the moment: You’re out in the ocean, enjoying the ebb and flow of the waves when you look down and notice that you can’t see your feet in the murky water. That’s when your brain unhelpfully starts playing the telltale notes, dun dun…dun dun. Surely there is a massive shark lurking beneath you just waiting for the moment to strike. Turns out, a shark attack is actually extremely unlikely, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to protect yourself. Here are a few tips to avoid becoming a hungry shark’s midday snack.
- Swim in a group
- Don’t stay too far from shore
- Don’t go into the water if you’re bleeding
- Don’t wear shiny jewelry
- Look for diving seabirds-They are an indication of a lot of baitfish present which will also attract sharks
- Avoid bright clothing
- Don’t splash a lot, the erratic movements can attract sharks
- Avoid the water at night, dawn and dusk
- If sharks have been reported, don’t go in the water
- If you see a shark, don’t touch it!
Sharks are amazing animals that usually have no interest in eating you but they will attack when provoked. Follow these guidelines, keep your hands to yourself and you can enjoy the beach without fear of losing life and limb to a hungry shark.