Ten Safety Tips To Reduce The Risk Of Shark Attack

Sharks of Hawai`i . . .


Here Are Ten Safety Tips
To Reduce The Risk Of

Shark Attack





Hawai`i State SealThe State of Hawaii's Division of Aquatic Resources of the Department of Land and Natural Resources recommends:






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

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


3. 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.

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


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

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


7. Do not enter the water if sharks are 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.

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


9. Remove speared fish from the water or tow them a safe distance beyond you. Do not swim near people fishing or spear fishing. Stay away from dead animals in the water.

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




JAWS, an extinct giant shark, at the Smithsonian Institution
"Jaws" at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
(Taxon: Without prejudice, a Carcharocles megalodon [also, controversially called Carcharodon megalodon ]).








On O`ahu, if you see a large (i.e., over eight feet), aggressive shark,
call 58-SHARK (that's 587-4275)
Neighbor islands call toll free 1-800-468-4644
then dial SHARK (that's 74275) when instructed.