It’s a question many of us ask ourselves, but there’s a reason why people at the shoreline are especially afraid of them.
The common belief is that sharks will attack them and cause them to drown.
In fact, a recent study found that, when they’re on the beach, most people are able to swim in their normal environment without any threat from sharks.
But is that true?
To find out, we asked a team of scientists at the University of Bristol to take a closer look at what they found.
Dr. Michael D. Coughlin and his team analyzed the behaviour of more than 100 people in the Bahamas in the spring of 2014.
They used a variety of different data sets to collect data about people’s swimming and swimming habits.
They also used a lot of video footage to capture their findings.
They found that most people were able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the beach at the time, whether it was swimming in the water with friends or relaxing on the sand.
However, when the water was murky or murky water was often the most likely way for sharks to come into view.
Dr. Cufflin told us: “We found that for the majority of people who experienced the most significant increases in the number of shark sightings in the months preceding the end of April, they had not had the time to prepare for it.
In other words, people were less able to make the most of the opportunity that the beach provided, and the majority did not prepare properly.”
He went on to say that, in contrast, the majority people who saw the highest number of sharks on the first day of the month, but had the least preparation for them, were able in fact to survive the shark attack.
Dr Cuffling said that, although it was difficult to say what percentage of people were really prepared to swim at this time, it was a significant difference.
“I would say that for those people who were able, the vast majority of them were able swim in the ocean with their friends and family,” he said.
“There was no evidence that they were prepared to spend more than two hours on the shore, because they were not in the right state of mind to swim.”
While it’s impossible to say for certain that there’s actually a difference in swimming skills between those who swim on the surface and those who are prepared to take risks, Dr Cuffline and his colleagues say that it’s important to remember that, while sharks may not be particularly dangerous, they are certainly not easy to spot.
They also say that the ability to swim is one of the most important things people have when they are in the middle of an attack.
“Most people can swim, but it’s more important that they have a plan to be able to do it, rather than being completely helpless,” he told us.
“If you have an opportunity to swim, you should be able and prepared.”
The team also found that people who used the beach as a refuge for a short period of time were more likely to survive.
Dr Dwayne Coughlan and his colleague found that those who were at the beginning of their summer vacation were more confident in their ability to deal with the threat of a shark attack and were less likely to panic.
Dr Maitland said that there are two ways that people can prepare for a shark encounter: the “plan” and the instinct.
“Planning for the shark is really important,” he explained.
“It involves planning the time and the amount of time you are going to spend there, and making sure that you have the skills you need to do so.”
This is a lesson that all of us can learn from our own experiences.
And when it comes to shark attacks, the lessons are not so simple.
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the National Shark Attack File on the website at www.nscaf.org or contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or email [email protected]