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11 TIPS TO STAY SHARK AWARE THIS SUMMER


SHARK EDUCATION 🦈 💙
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Let us be safe and respectful this summer ⬇⁠⠀
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With so many shark sightings up and down our coast lately (and with the days getting warmer and warmer!) we want to do our very best to avoid shark encounters.⁠⠀
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While close shark encounters are relatively rare, there are things you can do to reduce the risk!⁠⠀
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1. Be cautious being in the water at dawn, dusk or night.⁠⠀

2. Avoid being in the ocean alone.⁠⠀

3. Be cautious when entering the water after a storm or heavy rainfall.⁠⠀

4. Steer clear of drop-offs to deeper water or river mouths.⁠

5. Don't enter the water where aggressive sharks commonly gather.⁠⠀

6. Leave the water quickly and calmly if fish begin to gather in large schools, jump out of the water or behave erratically.⁠⠀

7. Avoid splashing and move smoothly in the water.⁠⠀

8. Swim at beaches that are patrolled by surf life savers.⁠⠀

9. Do not wear shiny swimwear or accessories and try to wear bland, darker colours.⁠⠀

10. If you spot a shark, don't act aggressively. This may provoke them!⁠⠀

11. If a shark starts to approach you, be prepared to defend yourself. ⁠⠀
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Remember we are the ones spending time in their homes. Sharks are animals; they are not evil (even if Jaws I II and III convinced us otherwise!).

Every time we go into the ocean we are taking a risk. ⁠⠀

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We are SO LUCKY to be able to share the ocean with these wonderful creatures. So let's enjoy the warmer weather and let's respect our sealife 💙⁠⠀
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📸 Thank you for the amazing capture by @sealife_differently

with love xx


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