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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?

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  • Swim where lifeguards can see you.

  • Swim where other people are around.

  • 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 sharks."

 

If you do encounter a shark, what should you do?

 

  • 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.

  • Stay vertical.

  • 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.

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