HOW TO PREVENT A SHARK ATTACK
- * When travelling, check the shark safety record of beaches you plan to swim from. If in doubt, stick to beaches with lifeguards or bays protected by shark nets. Florida, Australia, Hawaii, South Africa and California are shark hot spots.
- * Sharks gather where there is food, so avoid swimming near mouths of rivers, fishing boats, or near large numbers of seabirds or seals.
- * Stay out of murky water. Bad visibility may prevent you from seeing a shark and increase the chance of a shark attacking you by mistake.
- * Avoid swimming near shark-friendly places, such as sharp drops or deep channels between sandbars.
- * Do not wear high-contrast clothing or shiny jewelry. Try not to splash. Sharks see contrast well and may associate splashing with a young or injured prey species.
- * Swim in groups and stay together. Sharks may attack lone swimmers.
- * Recognize sharks that may attack. The top three in order of attack statistics are the white (also called the great white), the tiger and the bull shark. The oceanic whitetip has been responsible for the deaths of some involved in mid-ocean disasters.
- * Avoid being in the water when sharks are likely to be about. They normally rest in the daytime and become more active at dawn, dusk and night.