8 ways to avoid sharks at the beach

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.

  1. Stick with friends. Sharks are more likely to attack someone swimming alone than in a group.
  2. Swim during the day. Sharks are most active at night and at dawn or dusk.
  3. 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.
  4. Leave the jewelry at home. Sharks can confuse shiny necklaces or anklets for fish scales.
  5. 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.
  6. Lay off the neon colors. Sharks can see contrast particularly well.
  7. 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.
  8. Leave 'em alone! Some movies might make it look cool to punch a shark, but harassing one can only provoke it.