It's America's favorite week, everybody! It's time for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. So in honor of our nation's yearly interest in these majestic and fearsome sea monsters, we're presenting our top 3 tips to help you avoid becoming shark bait.
1. Avoid swimming at dusk and dawn. This is breakfast and dinner time for sharks. The sharks are going to be actively hunting during these times of day so it's best to just avoid being in the water when they are most active. Plus the lower light levels make it harder for you to see if a shark is nearby and get to safety.
2. Dress to (un)impress the sharks. Wear muted tones and dull colored wetsuits. Swimwear that is bright, flashy and high contrast can attract sharks, they may think you are a brightly colored tropical fish. Remember to take off jewelry, watches and other accessories that may cause a reflection of light that can be similar to the light reflection of fish scales.
3. Don't swim alone. Sharks or no sharks, you shouldn't swim in open water alone. If sharks are present, this rule becomes even more important. Sharks are less likely to attack a group of people, and if one member is attacked, help is immediately available.
Here is the final word on the best way to avoid a Shark Attack from viral video star Veronica-Pooh Nash Poleate.