3 tips for avoiding shark attack

If you are going to be swimming in open water, it is important to know how to swim safe and avoid sharks.

If you are going to be swimming in open water, it is important to know how to swim safe and avoid sharks.

Shark Week, the Discovery Channel fan favorite that highlights shark heavy programming, began on August 10th and is scheduled to run until the 16th.

This year viewers will enjoy 13 shark specials that span mega sharks to hammerheads. For the duration of the week the special 'shark after dark' will run at night, which fans can tune into or follow via live updates on the channel's social media accounts.

In light of the start of Shark Week, we figured it might be a good time to review some safe swimming practices, especially for ocean, or open water swimmers.

Blood - If you are bleeding or become injured while you are in the water be sure to get to shore as quickly as you can. Aside from the fact that sharks and other predatory sea life have very sensitive noses, it is truly unsafe to swim if you are hurt.

Buddy system – While a day surfing, boating or swimming alone may seem relaxing and meditative, it is important to have a buddy if you are going to be on the water. According to National Geographic, sharks usually attack individual swimmers and avoid groups. Having a partner on the water could just be the extra caution you need to avoid injury.

Color - If you are going to be swimming in the open ocean or you are planning a day at the beach and you are unsure if there are sharks nearby, you may want to wear a subdued-colored bathing suit. According to National Geographic, "Do not wear high-contrast clothing (orange and yellow are said to be risky colors) or shiny jewelry (which may appear to be like fish scales). Sharks see contrast very well."

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