Are Shark Attacks on the Rise?
In recent years, it seems shark attacks have been making headlines more than ever. Are the oceans getting more dangerous?
Swim where lifeguards can see
Swim where other people are
Know how to do CPR -- that's a good idea
for many reasons.
Avoid swimming during dusk and dawn. This
is when sharks have the best vision and are looking for food.
Avoid murky waters, harbor entrances,
channels, and steep drop-offs. "Murky water is attractive to sharks because
it has more nutrients," Ritter explains. "Steep drop-offs or anything
that increases the current has more available food ... so that brings in more
If you do encounter a shark, what should
Stay calm. "Sharks ... can sense your
speeded-up heart rate," says Ritter.
If the shark has seen you, never ever swim
away from it. Stay still.
Even if they bump into you, do not move.
That's how they check you out.
Don't struggle and splash. You don't want
to look like a struggling fish.
If a group of people see a shark close by,
they shouldn't huddle together. Instead, try to stay at least a body length
away from the next person.