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How to reduce the chance of being bitten by a shark
By using common sense and following safety guidelines, the potential of having a negative shark/human interaction can be reduced.
Here are some useful tips to bear in mind when entering the water:
- Avoid swimming, diving or surfing alone.
- Avoid swimming in areas where dangerous sharks are known to congregate, for example, sandbars, steep drop-offs, near channels and particularly at river mouths.
- Avoid swimming at dusk and dawn, when many sharks are more active, and avoid swimming in water where visibility is poor.
- If diving, descend from the surface as soon as convenient.
- Avoid uneven tanning, or wearing contrasting or brightly coloured clothing or jewellery, which may resemble the glinting scales or shiny flesh of a prey fish.
- Avoid excessive splashing and noise. Keep pets and other domestic animals out of the water; their erratic movements may attract a shark.
- Do not swim near people who are fishing or spear fishing or cleaning fish.
- Avoid schooling fish that begin behaving erratically or congregate in large numbers.
- If a shark is considered to be a threat, keep watching it and leave the water promptly but calmly.
- Never provoke, harass or approach a shark too closely, even if it is small.
- If a shark is swimming in a jerky, rigid manner, hunches its back, or drops its pectoral fins, retreat slowly and calmly; this may be a threat display.
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