Shark expert issues warning to rookie fishermen over luring beasts in with blood

Rookie fishermen have been warned over luring sharks toward their boat with blood, as an expert on the ocean-going predators speaks out.

Stern words from Catherine Macdonald, the Director of Shark Research and Conservation at University of Miami, come as two separate shark attacks were reported just a day between one another.

Kevin Blanco, 20, and an unnamed 35-year-old man were both victims of a shark attack in two separate, chilling incidents.

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Thankfully both men survived their encounters but Kevin has spoken out after his attack and likened it to being hit by a truck as he recovers in Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Speaking from hospital, Mr Blanco said: "I don't really remember the pain, but I remember the pressure and the force with which he hit my leg.

"It felt like I got hit by an F-150, and the pressure of slowly closing on my leg, everything was going in slow motion."

Two attacks in two days prompted expert Catherine Macdonald to share some key advice for rookie fishermen out in the waters, and what they should do if confronted with a shark.

An incredibly important survival tip, expert Macdonald revealed when speaking with CBS, was to "limit the amount of blood" leaking into the water.

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She said: "When people are fishing, spearfishing, catching sharks, handling sharks, or killing fish in ways that attract sharks, it doesn't shock me.

"You want to limit the amount of blood you're creating in the water, you want to limit the amount of struggle that the fish is engaged in, and you want to keep that fish away from yourself."

For those taking a dip in the ocean, advice was at the ready also, and a clear way of avoiding sharks was to stay in bigger groups while out in the open waves.

Macdonald added: "Try to swim near other people in relatively shallow, clear water, and at times of day when sharks may not be actively hunting. We know that at least some species tend to be most active at dawn and dusk."

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