Shark Attacks On The Rise, How To Avoid Being Lunch

    June 21, 2014
    Lacy Langley
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A shark “attack” off the coast of Galveston has refocused attention on information concerning a rising shark population and the chances of attack.

Mikaela Amezaga, 14, was enjoying a day at a Galveston beach with her family when she decided to go for a swim and cool off after tanning all afternoon.

She spotted a shark nearby, which wasn’t unusual as they see sharks all the time in the water.

However, this one didn’t pass by uneventfully. Luckily, the bite didn’t actually hurt that bad at the time. She recalled it feeling like something hit her shoulder. Then she ran out of the water and told her parents that she thought she’d been bitten by a shark. Sure enough, when her mother moved her hair out of the way, she saw blood and the bite wound on her right shoulder.

Her father, Daniel Amezaga, knows how lucky they were that Mikaela escaped with minor wounds.

“I couldn’t believe it. It could have been a leg or arm. It definitely could have been worse. We have a smaller child, and there were a bunch of kids there.”

It definitely could have been worse, but in most cases, it isn’t. In fact there have only been 38 of these “attacks” recorded since 1911 in Texas. Only two were fatal. In areas like the Texas Gulf Coast, waters are shallow and there aren’t many areas like river entries and bays where sharks like to congregate. In Florida, where there are many more of such areas, there have been 687 since 1882, 11 of which were fatal attacks.


Experts say there are some things you can do to avoid one such shark attack.

“Shuffle your feet so the shark can see you coming,” said Peter Davis from Galveston Island Beach Patrol. The kicked up sand could possibly scare the shark away. Shuffling is also known to scare away other things like flat fish and sting rays.

Also, you should stay away from cloudy waters and schools of fish. Melvin Shepard, safety director at Orange Beach Fire and Rescue said, “Anytime visibility is not good, it’s also harder for sharks to see. That increases the chance of them biting someone they see splashing around.” .

With the increase in the population, be sure to do all that you can to avoid an encounter. You may get lucky, but you also may not.

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  • Reese

    Don’t want to be lunch for a shark? Stay out of the water.

    • sirjonk

      Yeah, that’s a rational response to something that happens to about 1 in 1 billion people. A plane engine is more likely to drop on your house, so I guess you shouldn’t stay home. You should also NEVER get in a car, OR walk anywhere near cars because your chances of being in a car accident are astronomical next to the likelihood of a shark attack.

      • Reese

        It is called sarcasm. I wasn’t being serious.

        Though your plane engine comment brought back the memory of when I was a little girl & a plane crashed in our area of Buckroe Beach, Hampton, Virginia. The debri went into homes, businesses, cars, etc…luckily, our house just shook violently, but step outside & it looked like a war zone. However, that has never made me feel like I shouldn’t stay home. Does that make me 1 in 1 billion?

  • Brotinn

    The wording of the article title is part of the problem with people’s perception of sharks. Sharks do not actively seek out to humans to eat. Sharks do not have hands and use their mouths to explore things. They have an endless supply of razor sharp teeth. Unfortunately for fleshy creatures like human beings, this results in injuries that are sometimes severe enough to cause death. These incidents are not attacks. They are bites that are almost always exploratory bites. Mistaken identity also leads to bites. If sharks really had developed a “taste” for human beings, you would hear about a lot more actual attacks resulting in fatalities versus bites. Please do not label sharks as man-eaters when they are not.

    • Andrea Ansel

      they are running out of food. thanks oil spills

  • http://www.simegen.com/staff/midge/ Midge Baker

    In his book “SHARK ATTACK”, 1978, H. David Baldridge gathered massive statistics about shark attacks, including water temperature, time of day, distance from shore, etc.

    Based on his findings, he theorized that many — perhaps most — of these non-fatal attacks were flight-or-flight responses from sharks who felt threatened. They were not about “feeding” at all.

  • Les Blenkhorn

    Kill them all, they are a threat to our precious soccer babies. We will kill everything on this planet and soon it will just be us and the cockroaches, exactly what we deserve.

  • doc holiday

    Could we send one to the White House??

    • Hammer007

      DC is full of them already.

    • Andrea Ansel


  • http://www.cjmckinney.com cj mckinney

    It’s simple. Just don’t go into the water. It’s their world, not ours.

  • cowebb2327 .

    Pretty much a slow news day report

  • redbird

    knock knock,,,, who’s there ? shark . what do you want ? to bite you . well ,,,take a number. that’s how it’s got to happen , cause I ain’t goin in the water.

  • Andrea Ansel

    If they are eating humans they are running out of food in the ocean. that’s what should concern you. animals don’t attack humans until they are starving. consequences of the pollution.