The death of a California college student who was killed in a shark attack, while snorkelling in the Bahamas provoked a new fear of those underwater predators.
But in reality, shark attacks are extremely rare.
There were only 66 confirmed cases of unspoken shark attacks in the world with only four deaths in 2018, according to the International Shark Attack Archive at the Florida Natural History Museum.
This number has been a significant drop in the past five years, Shark Attack File reports an average of 84 incidents per year.
Still less seldom is snorkeler shark attack, which accounts for 6% of shark attacks around the world. Surfing and other sports on board make up more than half, according to the Shark Attack dossier
Although rare, their events are no less frightening. Jordan Lindsay, 21
Although summer blockbuster Steven Spielberg "Jaws" came out 44 years ago, public fear of sharks remains despite the low chance of assault.
In fact, these aquatic predators do not pose as much a threat as most other animals that people interact with each day. Bites, kicks and stings from farm animals, bees, axes, hornets and dogs continue to pose the greatest danger to humans – a 2018 study in wildlife and environmental medicine reports
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While the number of shark attacks is small compared to millions of people entering the water every year, there are a few tips from the Florida Museum of Natural History how to d avoid
always swim in a group Sharks most often attack when alone.
Keep away from the shores: away from the beach, the farther you are to help if the shark attacks. Avoid water at night, dawn or dusk: These are the main times of eating sharks and they can see themselves in the darker waters easier than you can see them.
Do not enter the water if you bleed: The sharks can sense the smell and the taste of the blood and often follow it to their prey. Cape Cod study to study eating habits after two attacks
Do not wear shiny jewelry: Cape Cod study to study eating habits after two attacks Sharks can confuse glittering jewelry for fish flakes. Do not enter the water if there are sharks: This may seem impossible, but the Shark Attack File reports 34 provoked shark attacks in 2018.
Do not Spray many: Sharks are attracted to unstable movements as they signal potential prey in trouble. It also means keeping pets out of the water. Myth: Dolphins mean no sharks in the water. Not true. Dolphins and sharks often eat the same foods
If they are attacked by a shark, "Do what is necessary to get away." Some victims have successfully done this while being passive and aggressive. Father saved his 17-year-old daughter earlier this year by hitting a shark in her face when attacked in North Carolina.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Shark attack while you dive is extremely rare. Tips on how to avoid it