In the book “Alone in Shark Waters” by John Kruse, the main character finds himself in the ocean, in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but his fishing-spear; and he has several encounters with a lot of animals, including sharks more than one time. But how can you prepare for this kind of event? You can’t entirely, but knowing how to fish, for instance is a good start; you can also try to know as much as you can about the creatures living there and their behaviors, and just hope for the best.

Thanks to science, we know more than twice the information we’d know about sharks. It has played an extremely important role throughout the years. It has saved a lot of lives of sharks and humans, and other species. It has discovered that shark’s bring a lot of benefits to human and the ocean life. But just as it has helped, it has also damaged. So it should always be practised safely.

Sharks are under a big threat, a lot of shark species could disappear, and it’s due to the trade in shark fins, pollution and overfishing. And these are all caused by us, humans. The main sharks in danger of extinction are the hammerhead sharks. We should stop the massacres and start helping.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are face-to-face with a shark or you are being attacked, remember that you have to remain calm (you cannot outswim a shark and sharks can sense fear), keep your eye on the shark at all times so they don’t sneak up on you, if you can’t get out of the water right away, try to reduce the shark’s possible angles of attack, FIGHT: playing dead doesn’t work, a hard blow to the shark’s gills or eyes or to the tip of its nose will cause the shark to retreat. If you are near shore, swim quickly, but smoothly. Sharks have difficulty biting things that are vertical (their nose gets in the way) so avoid leaving your hands and feet loose or going horizontal to swim away from the shark. If you get bitten, hold the bitten part of your body out of the water (sharks can’t breathe out of water), and get their gills into the air and they will let go of you. And finally: repress the urge to scream, screaming will not deter the shark much and may provoke it further.
Prevent any accidents by check with the locals don’t go where sharks hang out, if you plan to vacation near the ocean, contact local tourism offices and ask for shark stats in the area.

Pesticides: go green!


Do you have to use pesticides? Is your house infested with pests? Pest control is a real concern for many people, and yes, it’s a big deal. The problem is that most pesticides are not eco-friendly: they pollute and affect the environment.

But there’s a solution: You can find economic, effective, eco-friendly ways to get rid of pests. Every type of pest needs to be treated in a point manner. You can find experienced and well quelified pest control services that offer green ways to do this.

It is recommended that if you have pests, use non-polluting ways to get rid of the problem. Here are some home made ways to do it:
Many ecological pesticides are biological pesticides, minerals, or chemical compounds. These are some of the most used: wormwood extract, daffodil extract, rhubard extract, onion extract; and my personal favorites: stale beer (which consists in putting beer outside in a shallow container, to attract garden slugs and then they drown), and garlic extract (where you soak mushed garlic in water and add soft soap, it is used against insects).

They can be used anywhere, there’s no need for extra caution (because there are no toxic chemicals involved), it is cheaper, and it helps the Planet and Mother Earth! Which is really cool…

By: Maria Lopez Garcia