Dr. Beach's Survival Guide: What You Need to Know about by Stephen P. Leatherman

By Stephen P. Leatherman

Right here, from the nation’s most famed seashore specialist, is the 1st entire consultant to seashore security. Stephen P. Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. seashore) introduces the gamut of seashore hazards—from sharks to tear currents to jellyfish—revealing which hazards will be of maximum trouble and the way most sensible to lessen their dangers. His scientifically sound suggestion, interspersed with attention-grabbing evidence and anecdotes, makes this e-book an ideal reference for the thousands of tourists and tourists who stopover at the sea shore each year. useful solutions to those interesting questions and extra: Which U.S. seashore documents the main shark assaults every year? Which species of shark is the main risky to humans? Why are rip currents the main lethal seashore danger? How can rips be refrained from? What in the event you do if stuck in a rip? Can lightning moves on the seashore be envisioned? Is a stingray risky? while is ocean water toxins prone to be worst? What sorts of waves are threatening and the way can they be detected? what's the possibility of a crimson tide? How can swimmers steer clear of touch with jellyfish?

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Little is known about shark migration and the schooling phenomenon. One of the most persistent theories of why attacks are increasing is that the shark’s food supply has changed, perhaps dwindling because of overfishing. Therefore, sharks, as the top predators, are forced to scavenge close to shore, putting them into more frequent contact with swimmers and bathers. Overfishing is indeed a worldwide problem, but there is no evidence that it is altering sharks’ feeding or attack behaviors. If changing food supplies were leading to more hungry sharks, then aggressively feeding sharks would do far more damage to people during attacks than has been recorded to date.

Also, the southern waters are clearer than the rather murky coastal waters of New Smyrna Beach and the adjoining Ponce de Leon Inlet, so that Figure 3a. Shark Attacks in Florida, 1990–2000 Figure 3b. Shark Attacks in the United States, 1990–2000 28 sharks Figure 3c. Shark Attacks Worldwide, 1990–2000 sharks rarely mistake people’s feet or hands for their preferred prey—fish. New Smyrna Beach is one of the closest beaches to Orlando, the number one vacation destination in the world, the home to Disney World and other attractions.

East and Gulf coasts. Most hammerhead sharks, even those in the five- to six-foot range, are not dangerous, although they look like they would be. Attacks by hammerheads are rare but unmistakable, so people report them with proportionally more certainty than those of other shark species. Most shark attacks occur in warm waters. 18 Next are Hawaii and California. Like Florida, California is a mecca for beachgoers, but it also has numerous surfers on short boards that, to a shark, can look like seals.

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