In the last fourteen days, two people have been bitten by sharks off the coast of North Carolina. While the beautiful white sand and the big ocean waves are what you need in your travel, you should also be careful of the danger lurking beneath the waves. Some of the most common types of sharks include bull sharks found in shallow waters, great white sharks that prefer to stay in deep waters, and tiger sharks that are very curious and have an excellent sense of smell. Avoiding some of the beaches with Sharks can go along way in ensuring a successful trip. Here are some of the world’s most shark-infested beaches.
1. Gansbaai South Africa aka Shark Alley
The great white shark is one of the most visually intimidating sharks in the ocean. With their big mouths and razor-sharp teeth, the great white shark has inspired fear and intimidation among travelers. Gansbaai which is a popular holiday resort is also the shark capital of the world making it be popularly referred to as Shark alley. There are so many great white sharks in the narrow sea channel between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island known as Shark Alley that cage diving has become a famous tourist attraction in Gansbaai. For some few hundred of dollars companies in South Africa can take you on tour on boats to the shark-infested waters and submerge the adventurous divers in a cage and wait for a great white shark to come approaching the cages. Either way, with great white sharks plying the waters in South Africa and the greatest numbers in the world, Gansbaai is not a place that you can go for a casual dip in the ocean.
2. The New Smyrna Beach Florida, USA
Volusia County, which is found in Florida has the highest numbers of shark attacks not only in Florida but in the entire world. Volusia County is home to New Smyrna Beach Florida. New Smyrna Beach Florida has gained a reputation as the world’s shark’s capital. In New Smyrna, sharks are known to not only accidentally bite humans but bump into humans from the waves. The waters of this resort are home to a high number of sharks like the tiger shark, spinner shark, and blacktip shark. While these sharks are not known to be as aggressive as the great white shark, there are reported instances of their attacking humans.
3. Kosi-Bay, Kwa Zulu, Natal, South Africa
The Kosi-Bay comprises of four interconnected lakes in the Maputaland area of Kwa Zulu Natal. The Kosi-Bay is known because of its aggressive bull shark population that are known to swim into freshwater lakes and estuaries in search of food. The Zambezi sharks as they are locally known are not only the most aggressive sharks, but they can swim deep inland by way of lakes and rivers.
4. Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
Another place infested with Sharks is Lake Nicaragua. It is a Lake, but as previously mentioned, Bull sharks are unpredictable as they can be found in freshwater lakes. While there are not many shark attacks on humans in Lake Nicaragua, the thought of Bull Sharks in the lake is enough to prevent you from visiting this region.
5. Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia
The last on our list is Bondi Beach, which is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Because of shark attacks, Bondi beach has protective nets to keep sharks from getting close to the swimmers. If you are planning a visit to the land down under you may want to remove Bondi beach from your list as it poses a higher risk of shark attacks.
Visiting Shark infested beaches
While visiting these regions, you should be careful of the dangers lurking in the water because of the high prevalence of sharks. While avoiding these regions is the best idea if you decide to take the risk, then there are ways that you can prevent a shark attack. First, do not go swimming at dawn or dusk. Second, do not go into the water if you are bleeding. Third, if you spot a shark calmly get out of the water as sharks are known to detect fast movements. Lastly, do not go into the ocean alone. In this way, you can avoid shark attacks and still enjoy your travel.