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SHARK SAFETY

Even though fall on its way, the water is still warm and that means there might be fins in the water.

Here’s what to do to make sure you’re safe in the waters off the Third.


Pay Attention to Lifeguard Warnings: Check the lifeguard stands at the beach, before you go into the water, to see if there are any precautions posted for surf and current conditions as well as any dangerous marine life in the area.

Don’t Swim in the Food Chain: Every time you step into the ocean you are stepping into the wild, but there are easy ways to minimize your risk of an interaction with a shark or other predatory fish. Avoid swimming in areas with a lot of activity such as birds diving, fish jumping or seals swimming. You don’t want to swim out in the middle of the food chain and be mistaken for a fish, dolphin, seal, or other prey.

Be Cautious of Marine Life: While most marine life is harmless, it’s important to be cautious. Avoid touching or approaching unfamiliar sea creatures, as some may be poisonous or aggressive.

Safety in Numbers: When possible, swim with a buddy. Having someone with you increases safety as they can provide help or call for assistance if needed. Do not swim far out where sharks may be patrolling.

Swim in the Ocean During the Day: Don’t swim between dusk and dawn, when sharks have less visual information to tell them you are not what they are looking for.

Avoid Shiny Jewelry and Bright Colored Bathing Suits: Marine animals can be attracted to shiny objects or mistake bright colors for fish scales and may mistake it as prey. If you wear bright colors or jewelry, stay aware of your surroundings.

Avoid Swimming with an Open Wound or Cut: Sharks and other predatory fish can be attracted to the scent of blood, so it is best to avoid swimming if you are bleeding. Open wounds can also get infected by bacteria in the water, so it is important to cover the wound with protective measures such as a waterproof bandage.

* Abbreviated information taken from https://www.ocearch.org/ocearchs-beach-safety-tips/


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