Ways to avoid a shark encounter

Shark attacks are random, we as humans must take responsibility for our own actions.  We cannot blame sharks; it is purely mistaken identity.  There are many ways to avoid a shark encounter, many you will already know, some you may not.  Until there is a product that is 100% guaranteed to repel sharks, we must use our common sense.3264

Avoid water activities at dusk, dawn or at night

If possible, swim at patrolled beaches

Keep in a group, swimmer, divers, surfers & kayakers should never be in the water alone

Avoid entering the ocean near a river mouth, especially after rain

Do not swim, dive or surf in dirty or murky water

If schooling fish gather in large numbers or behave erratically, including dolphins, birds and seals, leave the water immediately

Avoid swimming, diving or surfing offshore, in deep channels or drop-offs

Do not swim, dive or surf near people fishing or spear fishing

Excessive splashing or even a dog paddling can alert sharks; they see it as prey in distress.  Keep your pet in waters where there is no chance of sharks & keep your swimming stokes smooth

Sharks are attracted to colours like yellow & orange as well as shiny objects like jewellery, avoid wearing any of these

Blood and human waste attract sharks, if you have a bleeding cut, exposed wound or menstruating, stay out of the water

Sharks are known to frequent the same spots, do not swim, dive or surf in areas where there has been a recent shark attack or where they are           known to congregate

Protection from sharks. Peace of mind.

 

If you encounter a shark:

  • Stay calm
  • Do not act aggressive, some sharks can be intimidated, but others may react in fear and attack.
  • Do not splash around hoping to scare it away
  • Leave the water as quickly and quietly as possible
  • If it’s too close for comfort defend yourself by hitting its nose, poking its eyes or kicking it, to discourage it from biting

 

If someone has been bitten:

  • Stop the bleeding – direct pressure above or on the bite otherwise tourniquet if bleeding can’t be controlled
  • Once removed from the water do not move the patient
  • Keep calm and keep the patient calm
  • Call emergency services & follow their instructions
  • Cover patient with a towel or clothing

 

 

If you have any other suggestions, tips or have any further information you wish to add, please feel free to leave a comment below or send a private message via the contact page.

Cheers – Stay safe people, in and out of the water.

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