FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In less than two weeks, two shark attacks have happened on the west coast of Florida. Both of them happened north of Fort Myers in Manatee County. It had WINK News asking why? Can shark attacks like the two that happened recently be prevented?
Experts say dark and dawn are the times to stay out of the water and away from sharks. Dawn and dusk is when sharks can be most active. We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and some of the most dangerous creatures, sharks, call the water home. It's why Andrew Lawyer stays on dry land.
"Its real murky on Fort Myers Beach. If it was clear, it would be different," said Lawyer.
Nicole Johnson just moved to town from Ohio. Knowing sharks are just off shore won't stop her from going for a swim.
"I'm going to be more aware to what is around me. More aware of what people are doing around me," said Johnson.
Bruce Neill with Sanibel Sea School says historically Florida has the most shark attacks at the end of the summer with tourists coming to the area.
"We have the highest number of people in the water in September. The more people in the water, the more people that are bitten by sharks," said Neill.
Even though shark attacks are at their highest in the month of September in the state of Florida, there are things that you can do all year round to stop sharks from thinking that you're food.
"You can stay out of muddy waters and out of places where there are deep drop offs. Avoid spilling blood or fish smell into the water," said Neill.
In Manatee County, a shark attacked a fisherman after he dumped his bait bucket in the water. Another attack happened when a man was spear fishing. Most of the time, Neill says shark attacks are provoked by humans.
"More people are killed by toasters every year than they are by sharks. So if you're scared of sharks, you should also be really scared of your toaster, " said Neill.
Lawyer says she'll stay out of the water for now.
"If it can be prevented, I would rather swim in a swimming pool," said Lawyer.
If you decide to go in the water, swim with multiple people. Neill says the more people in a group, the less likely of the attack.