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The beautiful white sand and big ocean waves are just what you need for your vacation at the beach. But be careful of the danger lurking beneath the waves, there are ocean creatures just waiting to kill. Yes, we're talking about sharks! Their giant mouths, sharp teeth and frightening eyes could be your worst nightmare.
Some common sharks include bull sharks that are found in shallow waters. Great White Sharks prefer to stay in deep waters. Blacktip Sharks can be found in groups and appear in shallow water. Spinner sharks are extremely fast and like to jump out of the water. And Tiger Sharks are very curious, aggressive and have an excellent sense of smell.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
New Smyrna is known as the shark attack capitol of the world. Be careful when surfing out in the Atlantic, Florida sharks are known to attack humans! Common sharks in New Smyrna beach include blacktip, spinner and tiger sharks. Photo Credit: Flickr / DAVID S. FERRY III,DDS / CC BY-SA 4.0Click Here to See Most Shark Infested Beaches
Makena Beach, Maui
Swimmers beware, Makena Beach is known for their tiger sharks! Why swimmers? Tiger sharks are known to hunt in shallow waters. Therefore, you are at greater risk of being attacked the closer you are to the surface! Photo Credit: Flickr / Too Tall Paul / CC BY 4.0
Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America. Yes, we are talking about a lake. According to Nicaragua.com, ”Lake Nicaragua contains sharks that have adapted to freshwater life. This originally led scientists to believe that, due to the lake’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the area that the lake currently occupies was previously a giant bay. The theory for the presence of these sharks was that over a period of time, the gap closed forming a lake and trapping the sharks which then adapted as the water gradually changed from saline to fresh." Photo Credit: Flickr / Brian Johnson & Dane Kantner / CC BY-SA 4.0Most Shark Infested Beaches
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa is the home of bull and great white sharks. A string of fishing nets were installed in 1957 to keep swimmers protected. It is so dangerous that scientists have actually created a device for surfers to wear that is supposed to repel sharks from attacking them. Photo Credit: Flickr / South African Tourism / CC BY 4.0
Coffin Bay, Australia
Coffin Bay, Australia is known for its water activities. Victims were attacked when they least expected it, they were usually surfing, snorkeling, boating, swimming and diving. The most common shark in Coffin Bay is the great white shark. In 2011 a man went diving from the port of Coffin Bay, he was attacked by two sharks and his body never returned to the surface. Click Here to See Most Shark Infested BeachesPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
So, you may be thinking, avoiding some of the world's more desirable vacation destinations sounds ridiculous. If you do choose to take the risk, here are some ways to avoid a possible shark attack. Don't go swimming at dawn or dusk; don't go in the water if you are bleeding even a little bit; if you spot a shark calmly get out of the water as the shark will detect any fast movements; don't go out into the ocean alone and don't wear anything shiny in the ocean.