Surprisingly simple methods to avoid becoming the next meal of a shark!
– Think like a shark. If you see lots of fish, seals, sea lions and other potential preys in the water, chances are you have sharks up close and they could confuse you with dinner.
– Avoid looking like a seal. Lying on a surfboard with a neoprene suit and flippers spending much time on the surface, could grant you the appearance of a seal or other marine animal from the point of view of a shark.
– Swim in groups, or at least make sure you have a partner with you. Be on alert in the waters around you.
– Avoid swimming in waters in which sharks are known to exist. Most unexpected attacks occurred in the United States, for example, on the coasts of California and Florida. Check with the lifeguards, surfers associations and other authorities on regional specific information.
– Try swimming in sunny and clear days. Foggy mornings and other times of reduced visibility and sunlight can make a shark confuse you with a seal or other more palatable prey.
– Sharks, like humans, are creatures of habits. Do not swim in areas where shark attacks occurred recently because the same shark or other specimens are prone to frequent the same places.
– If you have a bleeding wound, some kind of open wound or if you are a woman with menstrual period, do not swim in open water. Blood and human waste are powerfully attractive to sharks.
– Avoid swimming in cloudy waters. They can reduce your visual field and also that of the sharks, which increases the chances of an inadvertent encounter.
– The mouths of rivers, canals, basins and areas between sandbars tend to attract sharks. Avoid swimming in those places as well as far from the coast.
– Colourful swimming costumes, striking surfboards and accessories mimic the natural glow of fish, so leave striking equipment for leisure on land.
– Did you get sunburned or you have an uneven tan? Then avoid swimming in open water. Contrasts in the skin seem to attract sharks, probably because the similarity of color variations found in fish.
– Kicking, splashing and other erratic movements can alert sharks of your presence. Try to perform gentle and subtle movements.
– Your dog may adore the water and be your faithful companion, but do not take your pet with you when you swim in waters where there is a remote possibility of finding sharks. The kicking movement of a dog is like the dinner bell for sharks.
– Fishing boats and fishing rods on the coast can attract sharks looking for easy meal, so avoid swimming near the places where they are.
– Fish surely feel the presence of a shark before you. If you see that the fish begin to distress or swim quickly, it is possible that a shark or some other predator is getting close. Pay attention to patterns of fish swimming.
– Some sharks are so small that they look like tropical fish. Avoid touching the fish as you might find some small ones but with very sharp teeth.
– Avoid diving from a boat. If you have to, do not do it at night and make sure you inspect the surrounding waters before jumping in the water.
– Often sharks are temporarily trapped in lagoons, shallow pools and small bays during periods of low tide, so be especially careful when you swim in those areas at low tide.
– Avoid swimming after heavy rains because they can attract different types of cold water fish such as sharks, to areas they do not normally frequent.
– Stay away from the dolphins and seagulls, not only because they can attract sharks, but also because they usually pursue the same type of prey they seek.
Original source: http://www.latam.discovery.com
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