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Shark Attacks Might Increase This Year, Guide Tells You How To Fight Back

  • Osvaldo Nunez , Design & Trend Contributor
  • May, 28, 2016, 05:18 PM
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With summer on its way and spring hitting high temperatures, it's only natural that beaches will be filled. However, beach-enthusiasts should be cautious as researcher George Burgess predicts an increase in shark attacks around the world this year.

Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, noted that in 2015, 98 shark attacks occurred, including six deaths.

Burgess pointed that since human population has grown and temperatures keep rising, more people will go swimming. This will lead to more Shark attacks and casualties from them.

Beach-goers should be cautious but not terrified. According to the University of Florida, death from shark attacks is incredibly unlikely. Still, CNN created a guide that beach-goers can use in the situation that they do find themselves amidst a shark attack.

CNN noted that a quick punch to a shark's nose could startle it and cause it to flee. The last thing one would want to do is play dead, said Burgess. If a shark attacks you and you play dead, the shark will think it has won and the result would not be good.

Burgess said that dealing with a shark is like dealing with a bully. "Hit him, and maybe he'll go home to mommy," he said. The gills, eyes and nose are sensitive areas Burgess recommends one attacks.

After a shark attack, one should proceed to get out of the water and tend to the wounds. Burgess said that the blood would attract other sharks.

Other recommendations by CNN's guide include not swimming at night because of visibility issues, and avoiding wearing jewelry in the water.

Another interesting recommendation noted by the guide was for people to stay away from the Floridian coast due because there are higher chances there for unprovoked attacks by sharks.  

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