Shark Bite (cont.)
- Avoid the shark's favored hunting grounds. Sharks frequent drop-offs from shallow to deep water, troughs between submerged sand bars, and deep channels.
- Avoid the water if bleeding. Menstrual blood has not been shown to increase the risk of shark attack, but a shark in the vicinity can likely sense the blood.
- Avoid wearing or carrying shiny objects, such as jewelry or brightly contrasting colors.
- Spear fishing, fishing, and chumming the water will likely attract sharks.
- Erratic swimming or splashing at the surface may cause a shark to mistake a person for its natural prey.
- Beware especially of any shark greater than 2 meters, or about 6 feet, in length.
- Agitated swimming movements by a shark, particularly if accompanied by a raised snout, lowered pectoral fins, and hump-backed posture, may indicate aggressiveness.
- Avoid swimming at dawn, dusk, and nighttime hours when many sharks actively feed.
- Swim in a group because sharks are more likely to attack if a person is isolated and alone.
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