Lindsay Lyon, CEO of Shark Shield, the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent, provides his tips on preventing a shark attack and staying safe this summer:
To decrease your chances of an unwanted shark encounter, Lyon recommends you and your family follow these guidelines/practices:
1. Stay out of the water at night, dawn, or dusk. Sharks are most active at these times and are well equipped to locate prey even when visibility is poor.
2. Don’t wear high-contrast clothing or light reflecting jewellery. Sharks see contrast very well and light reflecting objects may appear to be fish scales.
3. Swim, surf, or dive with other people. Sharks most often attack lone individuals.
Swim in patrolled beaches if possible. Surf lifesavers look for sharks and will alert beach-goers if there is a sighting.
4. Don’t wander too far from shore. This will isolate you and decrease the likelihood of receiving any assistance.
5. Don’t enter the water if bleeding. Sharks have an excellent sense of smell and taste and can trace blood to its source.
6. Avoid areas where animal, human, or fish waste enters the water. Sewage attracts baitfish, which in turn attracts sharks.
7. Avoid murky waters, harbour entrances, channels, and steep drop-offs. Sharks frequently swim around these areas.
8. Wear a Shark Shield safety product for water activities. These are the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent, nothing is more effective.
9. If fish or turtles start to act frantically, leave the water. They may be behaving this way because there is a shark nearby.
10. Refrain from excessive splashing, and if you are diving and are approached by a shark, stay as still as possible. Unpredictable movements can attract sharks and if you are diving and carrying fish, release the catch and carefully leave the area.