So, Summer is already here, and the pandemic is “slightly” taking a backseat – at least for some places. Now all you want to do is hit the beaches, get in the water, do some surfing, scope out the latest hotties wearing that itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie-bikini that may be smaller than the actual price tag that’s clipped to it.

But wait! Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, you hear about shark attacks. RECENT shark attacks.

Recent studies have indicated that shark attacks in some parts of the world appear to be on the rise – from Hawaii to the mainland US seaboards, and even southern Australia has seen shark attacks increase in number over the years. But not every shark is out to get you – there are over 500 different species of sharks found in the world’s oceans, only about at least 30 have been reported to ever attack a human.

According to research, the shark species that are responsible for most of the unprovoked attacks on humans are the white sharks, the tiger sharks, and the bull sharks. Every single one of the shark species as a whole, be they large and small, are predators and could be capable of inflicting wounds if provoked – so don’t provoke them. They should all be treated with respect when encountered, especially if you’re NOT in a shark cage.

So what do you do?

As a suggestion, one of the first things you might need to do is wear colors that aren’t “attractive” to sharks. More research indicates that the colors yellow, white, and silver seem to attract sharks. Many divers think that “clothing, fins, and tanks should be painted in dull colors” to avoid attracting a shark’s interest. That should include the colors on your surfboard – I think.

Speaking of surfboards, some sharks might mistake the surfer paddling on their boards as prey. From below, some of the sharks that more often hunt seals sometimes mistake surfers as one.

Then there’s blood – although blood itself may not attract sharks automatically, its presence combined with other unusual factors will excite the animals and make them more prone to attack.

Then there’s the general rule of thumb to follow such as these:

As always, look and listen: the moment an alarm is sounded of a shark sighting, the last thing you want to do is PANIC. Keep a level head, even if you are hunted/attacked by one. Keep your knowledge of first aid up-to-date, always have a procedure you can remember in case something DOES happen. Think about how you’d get out of the water, then think about what would happen next: if a shark isn’t backing off; then the only other recourse is to fight it: use quick, downward punching motions to fend them off if you are able while trying to conserve as much energy as you can in doing so. Since sharks most often usually attack the swimmer’s legs, most likely severing large arteries – immediately stopping/halting the flow of blood is one of the next important things to do after you get away and somewhere safe – either away from the shark, or back at shore. Naturally, calling for emergency medical assistance when possible to do so immediately after a shark attack, is also a must.

Hope you all have a great summer!

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