Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… why would you think that? That's where sharks live.

But it seems as though sharks are growing increasingly brazen in their pursuit of humans – especially this summer, as the Boston Herald reports that several Great Whites were spotted just off the course of Martha’s Vineyard (likely just to take some Instagram photos that make its shark friends “totes jelly").

The real news, though, is that New York has joined New Englanders in being on the lookout, as sharks have been seen this summer off the coast of Long Island, according to News 12 LI.  This raises two crucial questions for New Yorkers:

1) Who do you try to help first – the person being carried away by a shark? Or the shark being carried away by a rat?

2) Do you try and capture the shark, or wait until Billy Joel hits it with a car?

There are some preventative measures we can take to prevent shark attacks. With the help from WildlifeInformer.com, here are some Don’ts and Do’s whether you're from New England or just happen to run into some sharks elsewhere:

Don’t: Swim when sharks are extra hungry.

Do: Swim after the sharks read about the “Sewer Emergency” in Provincetown.



Don’t: Swim where people are fishing, as bait can attract fish.

Do: Grab onto someone’s fishing line, scare them when they reel you in, and post their hilarious reaction on TikTok.


Don’t: Swim alone.

Do: Swim with at least two other people, so if you fart you can blame it on someone else.


Don’t: Swim where there is poor visibility.

Do: Undress after swimming where there is poor visibility (dudes only).


Don’t: Wear extra shiny clothing or excessive jewelry.

Do: Make sure your swim partner isn’t one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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