Beached with Fear

September 19, 2008

 An early morning beach runner was alarmed as she saw a little girl splashing and clapping in a bright bathing suit in the waters of Daytona Beach. The runner yelled, "Unsafe, get out!" And the girl obeyed, just in time before a shark attack.

Daytona Beach (Volusia County) stands at the pinnacle for shark attacks nationwide, with Florida as the first state. If one is planning a beach vacation, there are safety precautions to help prevent shark attacks.

Shark Precautions

Shark Precautions

Avoid murky waters. If beaches are known as remote, good for fishing, and boating—stay away. Now, one must decide whether to fly or dirve to the vacation. Just think what a pain it can be to fly the ‘red eye,’ avoid swimming during the ‘red eye.’ Swimming during those times (dusk to dawn) is risking a red eye because of a shark bite. Avoid bleeding. Certain species can smell an inch of blood nearly a mile away. Never enter oceans with shiny jewelry, bright colored bathing suits, and uneven tanning, especially on feet. Sharks may mistake you for a fish or seal. So, pack your tanning spray! Lastly, have a blast at the beach, but watch out for too much splashing. Don’t ever let your pet in the water. If you want to stay away from becoming the catch of the day, keep from erratic movements and never feed sharks.