It’s another Florida summer – making it the best time to head out to the beach and soak up the sun.
But in just the past three weeks, there have been more than a half-dozen shark attacks along the East Coast.
The International Shark Attack File finds the chance of a shark attack is fairly small, but The American Red Cross still recommends taking these steps to stay safe in the water.
- Stick with friends. Sharks are more likely to attack someone swimming alone than in a group.
- Swim during the day. Sharks are most active at night and at dawn or dusk.
- Sharks love blood. Stay out of the water if you have an open wound or even if you're menstruating – it's very easy for sharks to detect blood.
- Leave the jewelry at home. Sharks can confuse shiny necklaces or anklets for fish scales.
- Stay away from bait fish. Feeding areas or spots where sewage flows into the sea can be dangerous. You can also keep an eye out for diving birds.
- Lay off the neon colors. Sharks can see contrast particularly well.
- Don't panic. Stay out of the water if the lifeguard is warning of a shark sighting, but evacuate calmly if you're already inside.
- Leave 'em alone! Some movies might make it look cool to punch a shark, but harassing one can only provoke it.
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