While statistics show that shark bite incidents remain very rare, there is always a level of risk involved whenever you enter the ocean. We cannot always control the natural environment, but we can control our behaviour to minimise these risks. As more people enter the ocean, it is inevitable that more encounters with aquatic animals will occur. In some of these encounters, sharks will interact with humans, and occasionally some people will get bitten. To minimise the risk of having a negative encounter with a shark, it is essential that we increase our knowledge of shark behaviour and their biology.
Based on what we know about the factors surrounding shark bite incidents, the following Shark Safe Tips should be considered the next time you enter the ocean to reduce your risk: