Tips on Avoiding Shark Attacks

Flightline recently posted a list of tips for avoiding shark attacks. It’s mostly common sense, but there are a few points I’m not sure I agree with. I’ll go over them one by one:

  • Swim in a group. The article claims sharks are less likely to attack a group of divers. This white shark research page claims that sharks target lone or small groups of seals, where “small” is defined is 6 or fewer. How often are divers in a group larger than 6? Besides specially trained divers, you should never be diving alone anyway.
  • Do not go in the water if you are bleeding. I agree here. The article even points out that there is no research that indicates menstruating women are in additional danger, although there is probably too little data to conclude anything.
  • Do not wear shiny jewelry. I’ve heard this advice often for barracuda, but never for sharks. For one, I don’t think big sharks eat small fish. Second, sharks that are attracted to small fish would quickly realize you are not an easily killed prey and leave you alone.
  • If you see a shark, stay calm, stay quiet, and stay where you are. I hope everyone knows not to draw attention to yourself if approached by a shark large enough to view you as prey.

What do you think? Am I off the mark on any of these points? Let everyone know in the comments below.

2 Responses to “Tips on Avoiding Shark Attacks”

  1. Kay Says:

    Hi David, I’m really enjoying your blog and like the range of entries to be found. I have a comment on the post above however.

    I appreciate your advice, but wonder whether this is really a topic that’s even worth blogging about? Considering you are 93 times more likely to die due to contact with a hot water tap (see
    I have also read your entry ’5 things more likely than a shark attack’ which really puts it into perspective and is a good read. Such facts are definitely worth mentioning in the post above, to highlight just how unlikely a shark attack really is.

    This brings me back to my initial question, is it worth writing about in the safety section of a blog?
    I have just started a blog similar to yours, but more aimed at novice divers, or those who have been dry too long! Check it out if you have time…. I’d appreciate any feedback or comments.

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