Your odds of getting attacked by a shark are one in 9 million. Your odds of getting killed are actually one in 400 million so there is no real need to be worrying constantly in the water. However it does not hurt to educate yourself with some tips on how to decrease the chances of a shark attack.
Here are ten tips on how to avoid shark attacks:
1 AVOID SURFING AT NIGHT AND DAWN
Sharks are more active during these times of the day. Visibility is lower which can lead to mistaken identity bites.
2 LOOK FOR SIGNS
Signs, horns or lifeguards will give you the latest news on any potential shark sighting.
3 DO NOT SURF IF BLEEDING
Even a small amount of blood can attract sharks from miles away. Menstruating women should also stay out of the water.
4 AVOID MURKY WATERS
Mistaken identity bites will be more likely. The shark could mistake you for a seal or large fish.
5 AVOID RIVER MOUTHS
Sharks gather where food flows into the ocean.
6 AVOID DROP OFFS
Steep drop offs are favourite feeding areas for sharks.
7 DO NOT WEAR SHINY JEWELLERY
The sun’s reflection can draw attention to a shark.
8 STAY AWAY FROM DEAD FISH
Dead fish or lots of bait from fishermen will attract hungry sharks.
9 DO NOT THRASH AROUND
Splashing and erratic movements can attract sharks.
10 SURF IN GROUPS
Sharks are more likely to attack an individual than a group of people.
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