Stay safe at the beach and when fishing by following these extraordinarily simple steps provided by the Fla. Museum of Natural History

  1. Don't try to touch a shark if you see one!
  2. If attacked by a shark, the general rule is "Do whatever it takes to get away!
  3. Don't relax just because porpoises are nearby
  4. Use care near sandbars or steep drop-offs
  5. Avoid an uneven tan and brightly colored clothing. Sharks see contrast particularly well, so use extra caution when waters are cloudy.
  6. Don't enter the water if sharks are present. Leave immediately if sharks are seen.
  7. Avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes. Diving seabirds are good indicators of such activities.
  8. Don't go into waters containing sewage. Sewage attracts bait fishes, which in turn attract sharks.
  9. Don't wear shiny jewelry. The reflected light looks like shining fish scales.
  10. Don't enter the water if bleeding. Sharks can smell and taste blood, and trace it back to its source.
  11. Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk. Many sharks are most active at these times and are better able to find you than you are to see them.
  12. Don't wander too far from shore. Doing so isolates you and places you away from assistance.
  13. Always swim in a group. Sharks most often attack lone individuals.
  14. Don't splash a lot. Also, keep pets out of the water. Erratic movements can attract sharks.