Sharks are amongst the most feared animals on the planet. The razor-toothed sea creatures are at the very top of their food chain and possess all of the characteristics to unsettle even the most intrepid of explorers.
But, when planning for any potential travel accident compensation claims, it’s important to remember that sharks are not actually that big a danger.
What are the chances of a shark causing a holiday accident?
To put it simply: extremely low. In fact, you actually have more chance of falling down the stairs on your way to morning breakfast or being hit by a vehicle on your way to the shops than being attacked or killed by a shark. According to research, there is a one in 11.5 million chance of being attacked by a shark and the odds of a fatality from a shark-related incident are even lower at one in 264 million. To put that into context you have a one in two million chance of drowning, so a fear of swimming is more logical than sharks.
However, the prospect of being attacked by a shark is a worrying one and one that you should prepare for.
How can I make sure that I don’t suffer a personal injury as the result of a shark attack?
Shark attacks are unlikely, but there are actions that can be taken to minimise your risk:
- Stay Away – Areas that are renowned for sharks will be signposted warning you of potential dangers. If you are unsure it’s best to either avoid the water altogether or ask a lifeguard or relevant figure if the area is safe.
- Avoid Dirty Water – Areas of mildly polluted or dirty seawater attract sharks. These areas will not just affect your health, but may leave you more vulnerable to an attack.
- Avoid Fishing Areas – Areas where fishing is commonplace are likely to be popular with sharks. The increased levels of prey will attract the predators, and could see you become one of their victims.
- Ensure Your Dive is Safe – A spear-gun or pole-spear may save your life if diving in potentially shark infested waters. It would be unwise to dive without adequate protection or an experienced guide.
There you have it, sharks may be scary but in reality there is little to be afraid of in the case of a shark encounter. As long as you keep your wits about you everything should be fine.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident abroad