A blacktip shark hooked by Florida Atlantic University associate professor Stephen Kajiura and his team of students swims toward the boat off John D. MacArthur Beach State Park on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
With an estimated 39 percent of Americans living on a coastline in 2010 and an average of 16 shark attacks reported in the United States each year, perhaps your chances of encountering a shark this summer appear low. But it does happen. In that case, the Orlando Sentinel offers these tips to avoid being one of the unlucky few who get attacked by a shark.
1. Always swim in a group
2. Don’t wander too far from shore
3. Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk
4. Don’t enter the water if bleeding
5. Don’t wear shiny jewelry
6. Don’t go into waters containing sewage
7. Avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes
8. Don’t enter the water if sharks are present
9. Avoid an uneven tan and brightly colored clothing
10. Don’t splash a lot
11. Use care near sandbars or steep drop-offs
12. Don’t relax just because porpoises are nearby
13. Don’t try to touch a shark if you see one
14. If attacked by a shark, the general rule is “Do whatever it takes to get away.”