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
- 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
- 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.