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.

One Response 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 http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/booth/Risk/shark.html).
    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…. http://diveandthrive.wordpress.com/ I’d appreciate any feedback or comments.
    Cheers,
    Kay

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