Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Texas Sharks Want Your Jewelry, Will Eat You For It

Wildlife officials have noted recently the rise of shark populations off Texas Beaches.

“Twenty-five years ago we would see one or two in the course of a season,” Jerry Mambretti of Texas Parks and Wildlife marine fisheries lab in Port Arthur said. “Now we’re seeing 30 to 40.”

Last week, Damian Diaz, James Sparks and Justin Lyons caught this 8-foot bull shark on a Bolivar Peninsula beach. According to The Houston Chronicle, the catch was a group effort, with Diaz preparing the line and Lyons reeling it in.

(Courtesy Photo / BE )

The article dutifully mentioned that "a shark is more afraid of you than you are of it", though, of course, you are less likely to violently attack it/feast on its flesh. Here are some hints if you're still feeling skittish on avoiding the great beasts. Ladies, beware! Your pedicure just might get you killed.
  • Don’t wear shiny jewelry that might mimic erratic movement of fish in distress. A girl who was bitten on the ankle one summer near Galveston was wearing shiny toenail polish, which was thought to have possibly enticed the small shark out looking for a snack.
  • Stay out of the water if a lot of fish are jumping. Something under the surface is causing that behavior, and though it might not be a shark, do you really want to put it to the test?
  • Avoid swimming in the early morning and late afternoon. Those tend to be the times when most people are bitten because that is when the sharks most often feed.
    - tips via The Houston Chronicle

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