I love the beach I really do. I would think my header expresses that well. However as much as I love the beach I’m not a huge fan of the ocean. I prefer the cool blue, see what I’m swimming in, pool. I will admit that I do get in the ocean when I do go to the beach. I do the “stingray shuffle” and am always leery about the water. My children have no fear they splish splash and jump and have a great time.
This weekend my daughter was staying with her grandmother enjoying a hot Saturday at the beach. They were eating lunch when what my mother described as “a scene from Jaws” everyone started running out of the water. A life guard was yelling for everyone to get out of the water. Then they saw it, two small fins surfacing near the shore. Two baby sharks (presumed to be babies) about 3 ft long were feeding near the shore line. My concern would be where there are babies there are sure to be mommies!
My mother said it was definitely strange seeing everyone emptying from the ocean. This is definitely not something I ever hope to see personally. It seems to me that the sharks are making an appearance here is South Florida. Just last week a shark attack was reported in Jupiter when a little boy was bit and in May another shark attack was reported in . I can’t say that this is abnormal as I’m not knowledgeable on the subject but it definitely makes for an excuse not to visit the beach.
This reminded me of a conversation I was having with some fellow Floridians during my Brandcation trip. Things that natives to Florida take for granted or just grow up with knowledge of.
Florida Beach Tips
- Stingray Shuffle : Stingrays blend in with the bottom of the ocean as they are brown in color. When you are walking in the ocean you should shuffle your feet. This is so you will a.) not accidentally step on a stingray and b.) if they are in front of you the shuffle will scare them away.
- Do not wear jewelry in the ocean, especially on your feet and toes. The sun shines off of the gold/silver and attracts sharks as it can appear to be the shiny scales of fish.
- Always check the caution flags at the beach. Each color means something different from dangerous swimming conditions to hazardous sea life like sea lice.
- Educate your self on rip current precautions it is often said not to fight against a rip current but to swim parallel to the shore.
- Try not to swim during dawn or dusk as this is when sharks are more active.
- Avoid wearing brightly colored clothes or swimwear, the contrast is often attractive to sharks.
- If you see groups of dolphins or seabirds chose to stay on shore, these animals often prey on the same things as sharks.
- Try not to splash and swim in smooth strokes.
I found some other great tips: How to Prevent a Shark Attack