Safety tips help reduce risk of shark attack

Honolulu Advertiser
Sunday, January 14, 2001

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Advertiser Staff

  • Swim, surf or dive with other people, and don't move too far away from assistance.

  • Stay out of the water at dawn, dusk and night, when some species of sharks move inshore to feed.

  • Do not enter the water if you have open wounds or are bleeding in any way. Sharks can detect blood and body fluids in very small concentrations.

  • Avoid murky waters, harbor entrances and areas near stream mouths (especially after heavy rains), channels or steep drop-offs. These types of waters are known to be frequented by sharks.

  • Do not wear high-contrast clothing or shiny jewelry. Sharks see contrast very well.

  • Refrain from excessive splashing; keep pets, which swim erratically, out of the water. Sharks are known to be attracted to such activity.

  • Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present, and leave the water quickly and calmly if one is sighted. Do not provoke or harass a shark even a small one.

  • Be alert to the activity of fish and turtles. If they start to behave erratically, leave the water. A shark may be present.

  • Remove speared fish from the water or tow them a safe distance behind you. Do not swim near people who are fishing or spearfishing. Stay away from dead animals in the water.

  • Swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards, and follow their advice.

– Reprinted with permission from the Division of Aquatic Resources, Department of Land and Natural Resources

Sharks as 'aumakua
Sharks benefit from efforts to protect their environment

Ho`iho`i Mai