Shark Task Force's safety tips
The Honolulu Advertiser
Thursday, April 8, 2004
The Shark Task Force has issued these 10 tips to reduce the risk of shark attack.
- Swim, surf or dive with other people, and don't move too far away from assistance.
- Stay out of the water at dawn, dusk and night, when some species of sharks may move in-shore to feed.
- Do not enter the water if you have open wounds or are bleeding in any way. Sharks can detect blood and body fluids in extremely small concentrations.
- Avoid murky waters, harbor entrances, and areas near stream mouths (especially after heavy rain), channels, or steep dropoffs. Sharks frequent these types of water.
- Do not wear high-contrast clothing or shiny jewelry. Sharks see contrast very well.
- Refrain from excessive splashing; keep pets, which swim erratically, out of the water. Sharks are attracted to such activity.
- Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present, and leave the water quickly and calmly if one is sighted. Do not provoke or harass a shark, even a small one.
- If fish or turtles start to behave erratically, leave the water. Watch for dolphins, as they are prey for some large sharks.
- Remove speared fish from the water or tow them a safe distance behind you. Do not swim near people fishing or spearfishing. Stay away from dead animals in the water.
- Swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards, and follow their advice.
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