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Shark AttacksShark Attacks - Shark attacks grouped by region and safety advice concerning shark attacks and statistics and maps of shark attacks.



With recent shark attacks on the rise there is a list of things you can do to make the risk of an attack low. Also read about Tessa Horan a peace corpvolunteer who lost her life in early 2006 due to a shark attack.


Recent Shark Attacks

Great white leaps
Great White Leaps

Reduce the chance of a Shark Attack
Always stay in groups since sharks are more likely to attack a solitary individual.
Do not wander too far from shore --- this isolates an individual and additionally places one far away from assistance.
Avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight hours when sharks are most active and have a competitive sensory advantage.
Do not enter the water if bleeding from an open wound or if menstruating --- a shark's olfactory ability is acute.
Wearing shiny jewelry is discouraged because the reflected light resembles the sheen of fish scales.
Avoid waters with known effluents or sewage and those being used by sport or commercial fisherman, especially if there are signs of bait fishes or feeding activity. Diving seabirds are good indicators of such action.
Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks --- both often eat the same food items.
Use extra caution when waters are murky and avoid uneven tanning and bright colored clothing --- sharks see contrast particularly well.
Refrain from excess splashing and do not allow pets in the water because of their erratic movements.
Exercise caution when occupying the area between sandbars or near steep drop offs --- these are favorite hangouts for sharks.
Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present and evacuate the water if sharks are seen while there. And, of course, do not harass a shark if you see one!

Bull shark (Click to enlarge)
Bull Shark



The most relevant links we could find, placed here free

URL Wire - International shark attack file web site, recent shark attacks, all known shark attacks that is administered by the the American Elasmobranch Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History. www.urlwire.com

Free New Mexican - South Pacific: Shark attack kills Santa Fean, recent shark attacks, Tessa Marie Horan, 24, died of a shark attack in Tonga, early 2006. www.freenewmexican.com

Tessa Horan - Recent shark attacks, Tessa Marie Horan lost her life in early 2006 due to a shark attack. www.tessahoran.com



Tessa Marie Horan
A 24-year-old native Santa Fe woman died from a shark attack off the coast of a small South Pacific island, one of the recent shark attacks in 2006. The woman was working as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Tessa Marie Horan was working in a tiny Tongonese village called Tu'anuku on the island of Vava'u when she died. She and two boys from the village were swimming to cool off after a soccer game when a shark attacked her, according to her mother, Kristena Prater, who heard the story of her daughter's death from Bob Kirkhorn, a Peace Corps director of special services.

"The boy that was swimming behind her knew immediately that she had been attacked by a shark, and even knowing that, he went swimming out to save her," Prater said.

But the shark bit off most of Horan's right leg, and she bled to death almost instantly, the other boy who had been swimming with them ran to tell villagers what had happened, and they lined the beach and the streets chanting as Horan's body was brought to shore.

Tessa marie horan (Click to enlarge)
Tessa Marie Horan

Recent shark attacks have many people worried that shark attacks are on the up. Follow the simple rules to the left of the page to reduce the risk of recent shark attacks.

Tiger shark (Click to enlarge)
Tiger Shark

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