Anyway, I decided to make a post on everything beach. Because I know the beach can get messy, and everyone wants to look fabulous (especially if there are cute lifeguards). ;]
This is basically your main weapon to looking nice on the beach. A cute and well fitted bikini can do wonders. Here are some cute ones (and the price next to it is the price of the top and bottom added together, because i find it quite annoying when stores price both peices seperatly well knowing that you're going to buy both pieces anyhow, haha.)
I basically just put Victoria Scet bathing suits, since they're having a sale and some of them were really cute =]
Victoria's Secret, $33
Victoria's Secret, $33
Victoria's Secret, $30
Victoria's Secret, $32
Victoria's Secret, $33
HAIR: Its going to get wet, so I would suggest to bring an extra towel to dry you hair a bit. But for the time being that you're just eating or hanging out, I would go with either gentle wavy hair, or a messy bun or ponytail. It helps to put your hair up, since with the sun you'll probably start to feel hot if you leave your hair down. Also, at public beaches they sometimes have showers- use them to rinse your hair and get some salt and sand out of it when you finish swimming.
MAKEUP: keep it natural, and to a minimum. Honestly I wouldnt bother putting on makeup if I was planning on swimming at the beach, because with a nude face you wont have to worry about the upkeep of your makeup in the harshest conditions cosmetics have to handle- sweat, sun, and water.
But if you insist, everything should be waterproof. Everything. Any foundation should only be applied under the eyes and on the apples of your cheeks. And mascara must must be waterproof, or when you emerge from out of the water you'll end up looking like a raccoon- which, as cute as raccoons are, is not what you're aiming for. Same goes for eyeliner. For lips, use cherry chapstick (my personal favorite) or a lipgloss with SPF.
FOOD: So its very tempting to bring chips and soda to the beach, but really, I always stay away from soda when I go to the beach...mostly because it ends up making me look pregnant, haha! Stay away from greasy and gas-y foods, so that you don't end up being overly bloated, which will be pretty conspicious if you're wearing a bikini. Instead, bring sliced fruit, water, lemonade, and maybe nice sandwiches. Oh and this may be common sense, but bring the drinks/fruit in a cooler so that you don't end up drinking warm water.
If you ever feel the need to eat icecream, go for frozen yogurt.
Oh, and make sure to DRINK, DRINK, and DRINK -water, of course! It's easy to become dehydrated at the beach, and you don't want to end up fainting. So just make sure to drink in intervals, even if you don't feel thirsty.
Areas where the most shark attacks occur in the world:
1. United States (without Hawaii)
4. Pacific Islands & Oceania
Note: these are the countries with the most REPORTED attacks. These statistics are basically pretty useless since I feel like a place like Australia would have more attacks than United States, especially since they're not even counting Hawaii.
In case you were wondering, every year there are about 50 to 70 confirmed shark attacks and 5 to 15 shark-attack fatalities around the world.
And I'm not completely sure about this, but I think the place most at risk for shark attacks in the U.S. are Florida’s New Smyrna Beach the "shark-bite capital of the world" and California’s Tomales Point and Monterey Bay—both are known great white shark hangouts.
How to lessen your chances of getting bitten by a shark:
-Stay out of the water at night, dusk, or dawn. Sharks are most active at night.
-Swim in a group. Sharks prefer to attack lone victims.
-Keep close to shore. It will be easier for help to reach you in an attack.
-Avoid sandbars and sharp drop-offs where fish congregate.
-Stay out of polluted or murky water. (when the water is murky, sharks might bite humans thinking that they are another sea creature)
-Avoid areas being used by fishermen.
-Be wary of feeding birds, or porpoises, which indicate the presence of fish.
-Do not swim if you are bleeding. Sharks can detect tiny amounts of blood. (I've heard this before, and always wondered if that meant I shouldn't swim while on my period? hahah!)
-Do not wear shiny jewelry; underwater it resembles fish scales.
-Avoid bright swimsuits and uneven tanning. Contrasts attract sharks. (well, I guess I'm the devil's advocate since some of the bathing suits I suggested earlier are quite colorful, but oh well. Just try to follow the other safety steps, and I think you'll be okay =])
-Do not splash a lot, since it attracts sharks.
-Keep pets out of the water. Erratic movements attract sharks.
-Never try to touch any type of shark. That's just asking for it.
A few facts about sharks:
-They are made of cartilage. (The stuff of your nose and ears)
-Most sharks live for about 25 years, while some of can live to be a 100.
-Sharks are said to attack more women than men. The reason is still a mystery. (Again, that question about having your period...!)
-Great white sharks can grow about 10 inches every year, so they grow to mature lengths of 12 to 14 feet.
If you see a shark in the water:
Quickly but smoothly swim to shore. If its got your arm/leg in its mouth, then punch its nose/gills/eyes with as much force as you can muster- believe it or not, playing dead when a shark bites you has no effect on the shark. However, punching it will hopefully make the shark release you for a little bit, which gives you time to swim to shore. If you are bleeding (which you probably will be if the shark was just tasting your leg), then make sure to try to swim to shore quickly, because the blood will make the shark try to attack you once again. Unfortunatly, If you can’t get away, and the shark comes back, hitting it on the nose will become less and less effective. Eek.
I used to play with jellyfish when I was little, before I knew that they could sting. Haha, thankgoodness those were the ones that didn't sting. Thanks to overfishing, there are fewer predators of jellyfish, and global warming has brought on ideal breeding conditions, all which brin larger and larger populations of jellyfish. The Mediterranean is expected to have the most increase in population, but populations will likely spike in oceans worldwide.
Also, whenever I walk in the ocean, I'm always afraid that the next step I take is going to be on a sting ray. It doesn't help my fear that my uncle stepped on a stingray some years back- supposedly it's the most painful thing he's ever experienced. So try not to step on those, they can be fatal.
Also, watch out for currents...recently on the news, there have been like, what, 7 people who drowned due to currents/rip tides? Its pretty scary, because the current is almost impossible to spot, and most poeple end up panicking, swimming against it, and then tiring out. If you ever get swept by a current, the thing to do is swim parrallel to shore until you are out of the current's reach.
Oh and by the way, for those who read my last post, it might interest you to know that shark attacks are one of those things that the media also like to tamper it, usually not making attacks public and putting them under the rug so that tourism (and money) will continue flowing into the area.
Thanks for reading!
-New York Chique