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Shark attack!

Posted by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 4:04 PM
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Most sharks feed on smaller fishes and other marine creatures, not humans. When a shark bites a person, it is usually by mistake. Once it realizes that it has not bitten a fish, it lets go and swims away. The result is usually a bruise or cut that requires stitches but is not life-threatening. Occasionally, however, shark bites cause serious injuries and can be fatal on rare occasions.

The relative risk of a shark attack is very small, but risks should always be minimized whenever possible in any activity. The chances of having an interaction with a shark can be reduced if one heeds the following advice that comes from Burgess's International Shark Attack File Website:

* Always stay in groups, as sharks are more likely to attack a solitary individual.

* Do not wander too far from shore -- this isolates an individual and additionally places one far away from assistance.

* Avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight hours when sharks are most active and have a competitive sensory advantage.

* Do not enter the water if bleeding from an open wound or if menstruating -- a shark's olfactory ability is acute.

* Wearing shiny jewelry is discouraged because the reflected light resembles the sheen of fish scales.

* Avoid waters with known effluents or sewage and those being used by sport or commercial fishermen, especially if there are signs of bait fishes or feeding activity. Diving seabirds are good indicators of such action.

* Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks -- both often eat the same food items.

* Use extra caution when waters are murky and avoid uneven tanning and bright colored clothing -- sharks see contrast particularly well.

* Refrain from excess splashing and do not allow pets in the water because of their erratic movements.

* Exercise caution when occupying the area between sandbars or near steep drop offs -- these are favorite hangouts for sharks.

* Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present and evacuate the water if sharks are seen while there. And, of course, do not harass a shark if you see one.

 

 

 



by on Aug. 28, 2009 at 4:04 PM
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UxorQuodMatris
by on Aug. 31, 2009 at 2:38 PM

According to the International Shark Attack File, between 1580 and 2007 there were 2,199 confirmed shark attacks around the world. The majority are NOT fatal.

Research indicates that about 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans -- roughly 11,000 sharks every hour, around the clock. These numbers may even be on the low side, since the estimate is based only on the reported catch numbers. It's likely that many sharks are caught without being reported.



shecallsmemom04
by on Aug. 31, 2009 at 2:43 PM

is it safe to assume you like sharks? 

if you really want to know about me, just read my personal statement on my profile, it's easier. :-)
UxorQuodMatris
by on Aug. 31, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Can't stand them.

Quoting shecallsmemom04:

is it safe to assume you like sharks? 




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