Every summer, the general public is warned about the dangers of sharks. But people continue to ignore the warnings and they continue to get attacked. Something isn’t working here. Maybe we should try some reverse psychology. Here are some ways that you can increase your chances of a shark attack. That’s right. This article has a list of tips that will help you increase, not decrease, your chances of being attacked by a shark.

01) Visit An Ocean

Excluding extreme flooding and exploding aquarium water tanks, a landlocked location like Utah is not ideal for a shark attack. But you can increase your odds dramatically by visiting an ocean. Globally, the United States, Australia, and Africa have the most total shark attack victims. Of the thousands of documented shark attacks worldwide, about 40% occur in the United States. But the most shark attack fatalities have been reported in Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands respectively.

Nations With The Most Shark Attacks Since 1958

  1. United States (excluding Hawaii)
  2. Australia
  3. Africa
  4. Asia
  5. Hawaii
  6. Pacific Islands
  7. South America
  8. Bahamas & Antilles
  9. Middle America (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean)
  10. Europe

02) Swim Near Moving Water & Sewage

Sharks are drawn to areas of coastal activity and moving water. Try to swim in an area with a drain or sewage pipes. When a shark smells feces, they know dinner is nearby. Yum!


Sewage Draining Into Ocean
Photo by Dick Rowan, Environmental Protection Agency. Sunset Beach, California. 12/02/1970.

03) Wear Lots Of Shiny Jewelry

Sharks, like all fish, love shiny objects. The reflected light from the jewelry resembles the sheen of fish scales. That’s why fishing lures have reflective spinners. Necklaces, rings, toe rings, anklets, earrings, and even a belly necklace will work. Pretend you’re Mr. T in a bathing suit. The more bling the better. Also, try a shiny or sequence bathing suit. And if you want to really increase your chances, glue some large barbecue utensils to your body.

04) Swim With Blood In The Water

A shark has a fairly acute sense of smell and can detect blood for miles away. Give yourself a few paper cuts before jumping into the ocean. If you’re a woman, try to swim in the ocean during your period.

Bloody Fish Parts For Fishing With Fish Chum
Henning Sørby

You can also try swimming near fishermen. They often will attract fish by chumming the water. Chum is a mixture of fish blood, old bait, and dead fish parts. You can also try filling a Super Soaker with fish blood and shooting yourself in the face. That should help get some shark attention.

05) Swim At Night

Sharks are the most active during darkness or twilight hours. They also have a competitive sensory advantage. So you’ll have better luck attracting a shark at dawn or dusk.

06) Swim Alone

Jaws is the ultimate shark attack movie and we can learn a lot about increasing our odds of a shark attack from this film. The first lesson, go swimming alone. One of the most famous shark attack victims of all time is the woman in the opening scene of Steven Spielberg‘s movie Jaws. Sharks are more likely to attack solitary individuals.

06) Bring A Pet

Excessive splashing and the erratic movements of pets can also help get a Shark’s attention. So toss a little yapping lap dog in the ocean with you!

07) Wear A Yellow Bathing Suit

Female Surfer Wearing A Yellow Bikini
Fabricio Macedo FGMsp

Some people believe that yellow bathing suits are especially attractive to sharks. Divers call it Yum Yum Yellow. No one knows for sure though because sharks don’t give interviews. But please feel free to dress up like a giant banana.

08) Try To Help An Ocean Animal In Trouble

Distressed ocean animals, like beached whales or seals caught in a fishing net, are excellent shark attack opportunities. Sharks are attracted to animals in trouble.

Or, you can try to help a shark. It’s an opportunity to save them and feed them (yourself) at the same time. These guys in Baja, California waded into the water to try to help what they thought was a whale. Instead, it was a white shark. Oopsie!

Shark Attack: Meet Your Assassin

  • Species: The Apex predator of the ocean is the Great White shark. They are responsible for more human fatalities than all the other sharks combined. Great White sharks have been called ‘perfect killing machines.’ Sharks are one of nature’s ultimate designs, tested over 400 million years — confident, sleek and lethal.
  • Habitat: Temperate and subtropical coastline worldwide.
  • Size: Can exceed 20 ft. (6 m) and 4,000 lb. (1,800 kg)
  • Diet: Seals, sea lions, turtles, sea birds, small whales, and you! Great White sharks can go as long as three months without eating. But you’re worth it right?
  • Life Span: 25-100 years.
  • Jaws: When a shark opens its mouth, its upper jaw extends allowing its lower jaw to drop. Once a Great White’s mouth is fully open, muscle contractions shift its jaws out of its mouth giving its 3,000 teeth a better grip. A typical Great White will have 50 “active” teeth with three more rows of teeth behind them. A Great White’s bite can exert over 2000 pounds of crushing pressure. Also, sharks have no solid bones. Their body is made up entirely of cartilage.

Your Odds Of Becoming A Shark Attack Victim

In all seriousness, be safe out there. And take comfort in knowing that it’s actually really hard to get attacked by a shark. Every year about 70 shark attack victims are reported worldwide. According to the Surfrider Foundation, you actually have a 30 times greater chance of getting struck by lightning.