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5 tips to avoid being attacked by a shark

5 tips to avoid being attacked by a shark

Although the chances of being attacked by a shark are very low, there are certain behaviors that can be adopted to limit this risk, especially in Florida.

• Read more: 13-year-old boy survives shark attack off Florida beach

A 13-year-old girl who survived two shark bites in shallow waters in this US state has also experienced the same in the past few days.

“Most shark bites occur in shallow water because the sharks run up the coast to feed,” said TVA Nouvelles reporter in Florida, Marie Boupard.

This is where we list the most attacks.

Of the 57 reported shark attacks worldwide in 2022, 41 occurred in the United States, including 16 in Florida, mostly in the Daytona area.

“Sharks, like snowbirds, like warm water,” Ms. Boupard continues. In Florida, too, there are many ships or long piers where sharks take refuge to get a chance to feed on a carcass thrown into the water.

Four of the six reported attacks in the U.S. this year occurred in that state.

Here are five tips to greatly reduce your chances of being bitten by this predator.

“Most sharks attack a person who is alone.”

“You’re told not to bathe in the early morning or after sunset, which is very important because these are the times when they’re most active in feeding.”

“We say don’t shower if you have an open wound,” explains Ms. Boupard. These tips come from the University of Florida.

“If you wear jewelry in water, it looks like fish scales.”

“And never swim in water that isn’t clear, says the reporter in Florida. Make sure the water is clear enough so you can see what’s going on around you.”

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Still, the chance of a shark bite is one in 3.7 million, notes Ms Poupart.

Watch the full interview in the video above