What to Do If You Get A Shark Bite at Sanidel beachfront?
Sanibel beach, the city’s main downtown, has been hit hard by the Great Southern Blizzard and its aftermath.
On Friday, the beachfront reopened for business but not everyone was pleased to see a shark on the water.
Sanibel Mayor Bill Smith said he was glad the public could go swimming in the ocean but he was concerned about what the shark might do.
Smith said the shark is a great example of how we can create the perfect storm for people to get bitten.
“You’ve got people who are trying to have fun, who are enjoying the sea, but people who really want to avoid shark bites and get bitten,” he said.
Smith said he’s seen a spike in shark sightings since the storm, with more than 20 people bitten.
He said he had heard about a couple people bitten by sharks at the beach but that there was no proof that the shark was responsible for the bites.
“They haven’t seen it and we’re not sure if they’re getting a bite, we’re also not sure how old they are or if they were there when the shark came out,” he explained.
Smith is a vocal critic of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and his city’s effort to remove the plastic waste from the area.
“It’s been a nightmare for us, we’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars to get rid of it, but it’s still there,” he added.
Smith also said there was little evidence to suggest that the beach was being flooded, as the area has experienced heavy rain and flooding in recent months.
He said it was not unusual for the area to flood during periods of heavy rain.
He said it could have been a coincidence that there were no shark bites on Friday, but he had concerns about whether people would be swimming in open water at the same time as the sharks.
“We’ve seen a lot of reports of people getting bitten,” Smith said.
“But that’s a good thing, that’s an indicator of good swimming.
If you’ve got a shark biting at you, just try to swim away, because if it’s a little bigger, you might not be able to see the shark, so that’s good advice.”
Sharks and beachgoers alike will be hoping for a return to normal by Sunday.
The Great Southern Storm, which has been raging for more than two weeks, is expected to weaken and weaken as it moves through the Pacific.