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If you’re like many people scared, and scarred, by the shark in the classic 1975 movie Jaws, the thought of encountering one of these ruthless, bloodthirsty killing machines is probably at the back of your mind whenever you’re headed to the beach. Sharks are the apex predators of the ocean, and with as many as three to fifteen rows of razor-sharp teeth, they’re not to be messed with. Although reports of sharks biting humans are incredibly rare, it’s still a good idea to know how to avoid becoming a victim before you swim in the sea this summer.

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1. Where to swim

  • Don’t wander too far from the shore. The closer you are to the beach, the safer you are. The further out you go, the more likely you are to encounter a shark in the open water -- and the further away from assistance you will be.
  • Avoid steep drop-offs and sandbars. Sharks are often found swimming in these spots.
  • Avoid waters with raw sewage. These waters attract baitfish, and baitfish attract sharks.
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