In the summertime, thousands of Californians hit the beach for some tanning, surfing, and summer enjoyment. However, there are times that the beach can present real dangers, such as at Pismo. Here, lifeguards have sighted large sharks swimming in Pacific waters, not far from the boogie boarders and body surfers near the shore. Despite posting these warnings on July 13th, 2012, men and women are still taking to the salt-water to cool off on hot summer days. Authorities say that swimmers and surfers need to be more cautious. A surfer last Thursday found a 12-foot-long shark only 150 yards off shore near the Pismo Beach pier.
The officials are taking the sighting seriously. They have posted signs all over telling beachgoers to swim at their own risk using extreme caution. These disclaimers will help the beach authorities and lifeguards to avoid any potential personal injury lawsuits from a shark attack that happened right off shore. The last time a Pismo Beach visitor was attacked by a shark was in 2003. That year, a 50-year-old woman who was swimming offshore was killed by a great white shark in the waters.
According to a shark attack file, the most recent California shark attacks occurred in May. Sharks bit both a kayak and a paddle board during this time, and both encounters left the victim unscathed. To reduce your possibility of a shark encounter, don’t wear shiny jewelry or metallic swimsuits when in the water. Sharks see contrast very well, and may think that your glimmering outfits or accessories are a tasty snack. Also, try to keep from erratic splashing, as this attracts sharks. If you are bleeding for any reason, stay out of the water. Sharks tend to follow the scent of blood and mistake the source for a meal. If you or a loved one are injured by a shark in the water, and it was not your fault, then you may want to press charges. Talk to a personal injury lawyer in California today for more information!