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Press Release

Precautions Recommended Due to Increased Shark Activity In Gulf Waters

September 03, 2004

Due to increased shark activity in the area, the Marine Resources Division recommends that everyone enjoying Alabama’s coastline observe the following swimming safety tips at all times.

BE A RESPONSIBLE SWIMMER!

  • Swimming in the Gulf is much different than in a swimming pool. It is important to respect the strength of the sea and the aquatic life that calls it home.
  • Never swim alone. Always stay in groups. Don’t wander too far from shore.
  • Stay within designated swimming areas. Don’t swim near piers, pilings, and platforms. Exercise caution when swimming in areas between sandbars or near steep drop-offs.
  • Do not swim in areas being used by fishermen.  Avoid swimming in areas where schools of small fish are present. Diving seabirds are good indicators of areas to avoid.
  • Alcohol and swimming do not mix.
  • Use extra caution when waters are murky.  Avoid being in the water during early morning, dusk, nighttime or twilight hours.
  • Avoid wearing shiny jewelry and clothing.
  • Stay informed of local weather and beach conditions.
  • Beware of rip currents and undertow.   These are turbulent, fast-flowing currents that pull swimmers into deep water and away from the beach.
  • If caught in a strong current, remain calm.  Fighting the current can exhaust you.
  • Swim with the current until it weakens, then swim parallel to the shore.

 

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