What Are The Odds Of A Shark Attack?

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If only all sharks were as easy to track as Mary Lee. In light of this week's shark attacks in North Carolina, which left two teenagers seriously injured, the question can't help but stick in our minds: What are the real chances of getting attacked by a shark? For the paranoid beachgoers among us, this concern comes up every year, of course. After all, the attacks in North Carolina occurred in mere waist-deep water, so a little reassurance can't hurt, right?

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Any expert will preface their response with the fact that sharks don't go looking for humans to harm or eat. And, at any rate, these run-ins occur very, very rarely. While we're happy to trust the experts, we wouldn't mind a few prevention tips, either.

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For one, leave your jewelry and shiny things at home. This is one of the easiest things you can do to lower the odds of a shark attack. Anything that reflects light could make you look like a fish from afar, and thus lure a shark toward you. Obviously, you don't want that. Who wants to wear a ton of accessories at the beach anyway? It's not practical — or, apparently, safe.

Click through to Women's Health for more ways to have a shark-free vacation. (Women's Health)

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