The saying, "We mean you no harm," isn't just a saying that relates to outer space invaders. Sharks can look terrifying, but most aren't phased by human beachgoers, and they certainly aren't having strategy meetings on how to nibble on yummy tourists.
First and foremost, let's learn about sharks and their anatomy!
For Shark Awareness Day, we shared this shark "Code of Conduct." When most people think of sharks, they think of the monstrous Great White in JAWS, but the world is full of more docile species, like the Basking Shark. However, these and other placid sharks can still startle if they are disturbed. Follow these tips to avoid serious tragedies.
Be sure to tune into Discovery Channel's "JAWsome" Shark Week specials from July 24 - July 31, 2022.
Minimize Your Risk
Use the buddy system! — Sharks are more likely to approach a single person.
Respect feeding times. — Avoid dawn, dusk, or night time when sharks are more active and feeding. I don't see Bruce from Finding Nemo showing up to your fancy night out!
You're beautiful without the jewelry! — Shiny jewelry or accessories may resemble fish scales, so leave them in the box.
Keep splashing to a minimum. — Your fun splashing sounds scarily similar to an animal in distress, and sharks may swing by to investigate.
Read the room. — If you see sharks, exit the water slowly and calmly.
Learn more from the Florida Museum about How to Avoid Shark Attacks.