Have you ever experienced the situation that you are surfing in the sunset and you are the last person in the water? You are unable to see very far because everything is turning dark because of sunset. If something unimaginable happens then not even a single life guard is there to save your life.
At the very moment, you felt like something is moving around or its just your mind that is playing tricks with you. Then again horses starts running in your mind and your imagination become wilder. As you see dolphins usually in your neighborhood so you are not afraid of them that at sudden a thought came to your mind, Sharks loves to feed at night. With a small pause, you start paddling towards shore waiting for the next wave that can ride you up to the shore.
Thought there is very rare chance that you have to face this sea giant while surfing. The probability of facing a shark attack is one in a million which is not so scary. You can be that one person but more probability is you will be in the remaining peoples.
Encountering a shark is like a nightmare for any surfer. It can prevent many surfers from surfing. Maximum of the surfer doesn’t have any fear about the shark attacks. You can even die in car accident, in an allergic reaction or in a dog attack because that has more probability to occur rather than a shark attack. In this guide, we will talk about the methods and techniques that can help you in preventing or surviving in shark attacks.
Avoid Areas Where Sharks Are Likely To Feed
There are some hotspots where there is a probability of occurrence sharks are more like places for fishing or boating, where injured fishes or their guts and blood can be found these things can attract a shark. Other most dangerous areas include:
There is a good chance to find sharks at river channels and mouths where they can find dead animals, fishes, and food that are flowing towards the oceans. This makes the place hotspot for the existence of sharks.
As we know small fishes exist in the areas where the sewage enters the water so it can also attract sharks. Other places like sandbars and deep channels, the probability of occurrence
of sharks are more to catch the fishes that wander out from shallow.
Look For Warning Signs
If there was a shark attack on the in previous days then there will be a sign board on the beach or even they can close the beach for few days. In both the cases come back another day.
Stay Out Of The Water During Prime Hunting Times
Sharks generally hunt at dusk, dawn and nights so its better to avoid surfing at this time.
Avoid Murky Water
We are saying to avoid surfing in murky water because it can confuse the shark in between a pray and human being. As we all know visibility is low in cloudy waters so you should avoid surfing there.
Consider Surfing In Areas Dense With Kelp
The adult sharks especially the great white ones avoid going in kelp forests.
Take A Break During The Month Of October
According to many experts, sharks come closer to land during the month of October for giving birth. So its better to avoid surfing in this month.
Surf With Friends
If you are surfing alone then the chances of shark attacks are more because sharks love to attack individuals. Even if you are surfing with friends then in the case of shark attack one friend can reach the shore and inform the rescue team about the attack.
Avoid Looking Like Prey
As per mentioned in studies sharks cant see colors but they can easily see the contrast. Fish scales shines when sunlight fall on it, so you should avoid wearing a color that shines in sunlight because it can attract sharks. Avoid colors like orange, white and yellow. Never wear jewelry items and always stick to wetsuits and blond colors.
Don’t Enter The Water With Any Cuts Or Open Wounds
If you have any wound on your body then get out of the water immediately. A shark gets attracted from 1/3 of a mile away from the spot from where the blood is flowing.
Many experts say women who are going from menstruation should avoid swimming for that period of time. Blood from menstruation dont attract sharks but other fluid might attract them.
Try To Keep The Shark In Your Sights At All Times
Always keep an eye on sharks actions if it is showing aggressive behavior better to move quickly on a rock or towards the shore.
Try To Use Your Surfboard As A Buffer
Use the surf board for protecting your front body and sides. Make a shield using your surf board. It can prevent sharks from taking you deep inside the water.
Defend Yourself Aggressively
Dont be like a dead person if a shark attacks you. Use your surf boards for protecting yourself. Aim for hitting the eye or nose of the shark. Dont use your hands as it can be injured from the teeths of the shark.
Stop The Bleeding
Maximum of the sharks attacks a surfer only if they find that surfer is a pray. They let it go if they found that they are not their regular high-fat meals. Its better to get out of the water as quickly as possible.
Get Out Of The Water And Seek Immediate Medical Attention If Attacked
Now your life will totally dependent on the medical attention that you will get. Find someone to help you as soon as possible and call 911. Send your friend to call the lifeguard.
There are simple and basis ways to prevent shark attacks. We hope these tips will help you in saving someones life if he or she found in such problem. Do comment what other things we can do to prevent shark attacks. Spread this article on social to make more and more peoples aware.