surf or dive with other people,
move too far away from assistance.
- Stay out of the water at dawn, dusk and night, when some species
of sharks may move inshore to
feed. But realize that sharks, especially tiger sharks, have been known to bite people any time of the day or night.
- Do not enter the water if you have open wounds or are bleeding
in any way. Sharks can detect blood and body fluids in extremely
- Avoid murky waters, harbor entrances and areas near stream mouths
(especially after heavy rains), channels or steep drop-offs. These
types of waters are known to be frequented by sharks.
- Do not wear high-contrast clothing or shiny jewelry. Sharks see
contrast very well.
- Refrain from excessive splashing; keep pets, which swim erratically,
out of the water. Sharks are known to be attracted to such activity.
- Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present. Leave
the water quickly and calmly if one is sighted. Do not provoke or
harass a shark, even a small one.
fish or turtles start to behave erratically, leave the water.
Avoid swimming near dolphins, as they are prey for some large
- Remove speared fish from the water or tow them a safe distance
behind you. Do not swim near people fishing or spear fishing. Stay
away from dead animals in the water.
- Swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards and follow their