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9 Ways to Stay Safe in Beach Waters This Summer

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9 Ways to Stay Safe in Beach Waters This Summer

North Carolina attacks create some anxiety.

Jaws is back.

Well, not really.  Shark attacks on humans are still quite rare, but the recent spate of incidents no doubt has many people worried. If you're taking a family vacation to the beach in the coming weeks, and you're worried about letting your children swim in the ocean, check this advice from Florida's Fish and Wildlife Service before you go:

  1. Don't go alone in the water. People swimming by themselves are more at risk.
  2. Stay out of the water at high-risk hours. Sharks feed during the pre-dawn and twilight hours, so avoid swimming and being mistaken for food.
  3. Check for scrapes and cuts before entering the water. Sharks can detect the scent of blood from far away.
  4. Take off the bling. Sharks perceive shiny jewelry and clothes the same way they perceive fish scales that glisten in the water. You don't want to look like a shark's main source of food.
  5. Visit designated beaches. Every shore is not appropriate for swimming. If you see diving seabirds or bait fishes, there is most likely feeding activity in that area.
  6. Don't let your pets in the water. Their erratic movements can be mistaken for bait fish.
  7. Be careful around sandbars and steep drop-offs. These are popular spots for sharks.
  8. Swim when lifeguards are present. They are trained to deal with water related emergencies.
  9. Do not enter the water if sharks have been spotted -- just don't.

Good advice. But we just can’t resist…


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