How To Avoid A Shark Attack, Jacksonville, Florida

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

These timely tips, especially for me as I'm training for a sprint triathlon that involves a 1/4 mile ocean swim, are useful to all coastal residents who spend any time in the ocean. 

Some of these are pretty common sense, such as avoiding dead animals and waste in the water, and bait areas for fishing, and yet others are not as common sense, with certain contrasting colors not being conducive for ocean swimming.

- Avoid fishing boats. They often trail fish remains and blood, which can sharks like.

- If you're bleeding, including menstruating, stay out of the water.  Sharks can smell/taste the SMALLEST amounts of blood from over a mile away! This includes: if you cut or injure yourself in the ocean, get out.

- Don't swim in water filled with fish blood or bait fish are present. Avoid fisherpeople!

- Avoid large groups of fish, seals or sea lions; all are prominent on sharks' menus.

- If you see large groups of dolphins and seabirds, avoid the area. These guys are often attracted to ths same good groups that sharks enjoy. Don't make the mistake of thinking that dolphins presence means there are no sharks.

- Don't swim with dead animals. Simple enough.

- Avoid areas where ANY kind of waste enters the water.  This kind of waste, whether it's anmial, human, or fish waste.

- Avoid the "high risk" times: dawn, dusk and night.

- Avoid murky waters, harbor entrances, channels, and steep drop-offs. These areas are frequented by sharks.

- Avoid high-contrast clothing (orange and yellow are said to be risky colors) or shiny jewelry (which may appear to be like fish scales). Sharks see contrast very well.

- Refrain from excessive splashing. This includes pets. Sharks are attracted to such activity.

- Leave the water quickly and calmly if a shark is sighted. Do not run screaming from the water like they did in the first "Jaws" movie. Do not provoke, harass or entice a shark, even a small one. Enough said!

- If fish or turtles start to behave erratically, leave the water. They may be behaving like that because there is a shark in the area.

- If you feel something brush up against you, get out of the water to make sure that you have not been bitten. There have been reports that shark-bite victims often do not feel any pain.

- Swim, surf or dive with other people. Sharks most often attack individuals.

- Don't swim too far from shore. Doing so isolates you and places you away from assistance. And from other people, which was just mentioned above.

- If you are diving and are approached by a shark, stay as still as possible. If you are carrying fish or other catches, release the catch and quietly leave the area.


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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via  for Jacksonville and area listings!



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Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

This is pretty scary stuff, Carol. Ever since I saw Jaws, I have been wary of sharks and sure wouldn't want to swim with any of them nearby.  Could they do the swim portion of the triathlon in a lake or pool?

May 23, 2011 01:34 PM #1
Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Thanks for the advice, all good points.

That's way salt water pools are so popular with me.



May 23, 2011 01:36 PM #2
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It sounds like good advice to me, thanks for sharing the tips.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 23, 2011 03:41 PM #3
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Carol, great advice, but you can keep it, thank you very much. You won't find me in the ocean for this very reason. Show me where the pool is and I'll have a very good time!

May 23, 2011 08:47 PM #4
Jeanne M. Gavish
Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - Spring Hill, FL
Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - CIPS,GRI,S

Good, common sense advice Carol.  I didn't know about colors or the jewelry.

May 24, 2011 12:34 AM #5
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