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.

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