Sharks are Friends, Not Food

During these hot summer months, many people have been trying to stay cool by heading to the beach. But with an increase of sightings and news coverage, some visitors have had a big worry: sharks!

great-white-shark-398276_1920According to the International Shark Attack File, 2015 had 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, resulting in 8 deaths. That is the highest on record.   Why so many shark attacks? Should you stay clear of the waters when hitting the beach here this summer? With proper safety precautions, you and your family can still safely enjoy the waters at Crystal Cove.

Scientists believe the number of shark-human interactions occurring in a given year is directly correlated with the amount of time humans spend in the sea.  Though the news lately might make it seem like sharks are a growing threat, it is more likely that there are simply more people in the water, and the actual rate of shark attacks has declined.

Usually, we can safely share the ocean with sharks because sharks do not see humans as prey. Many shark attacks are a case of mistaken identity. A surfer on a surfboard could look like a seal or sea turtle in murky ocean conditions. Shiny jewelry could also be mistaken for light bouncing off of the scales of a fish.  Most shark attacks involve only one bite once the shark realizes that what it has sunk its teeth into isn’t the nice fatty sea lion it was hoping for.

To make sure you have a safe swim, always consider the ocean conditions and stay aware of your surroundings. If there is murky water or low light conditions, if fishermen are baiting the water, or if you are alone, it is best to stay out of the water.

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