A sharkThere are approximately 170 species of sharks found in the waters surrounding Australia and the majority are harmless to humans. They use a well-developed sense of smell and an amazing ability to detect electrical impulses and vibrations in the water to hunt for schools of fish and marine mammals. Although attacks are rare and often not fatal, some species of shark can mistake humans for their natural prey and bite for that reason.  Unfortunately, the sharks that will risk attacking such large, unusual prey, are usually large themselves, and even a ‘taste’ of by one of these animals can result in serious bite wounds.

To reduce the risk of a shark bite; avoid swimming alone in deep water and avoid areas where sharks are known to be present – for example, certain river mouths or estuaries and close to seal colonies. As wounds are often extensive, the primary aim of first aid is to prevent blood loss, then reassure patient and seek medical attention.

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