While shark diving recently, we heard all the statistics; you are more likely to die from cows, shopping on Black Friday, or ladders than you are from sharks. But unfortunately the data just isn’t scary or sexy.
Stay InformedAccording to the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, who have the most robust data on sharks attacks, only 6 attacks have been deadly this year. But I get it. As much as the odds are in your favor it is still frightening to picture those “eyes rolling over to black”. However, if you are like most people and are headed out to the beach this summer, you will be alright if you just stay informed.
Ocearch.orgOcearch has a great interactive map that tells you the comings and goings of tracked sharks. Granted, of course not all sharks have been tagged and are in the tracker, but you’ll get the idea.
Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThe Florida Museum of Natural History houses the International Shark Attack File, an exhaustive list of all reported shark attacks.
SharktivityRecently, a Cape Cod family avoided a shark attack by using Sharktivity.
In the event that you do happen to encounter a shark, remain calm and give a good punch in the snout. Once out of the water, report it to one or all of the above apps and inform the local authorities. In the event that you happen to encounter a Sharknado, well…
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