It is shark season and there have already been a few sightings off Cape Cod. So if you are hitting the water this summer, here are some helpful hints for avoiding attacks.

Shark attacks are very rare, but they do happen and I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want one to happen to you.

So here are some tips from shark experts that can help keep you safe this summer.

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    Try Not To Splash

    This one seems a little like common sense, but the fact is splashing or erratic behavior in the water signals a shark to your location.

    Try to swim with smooth, even strokes when out in the open water.

    Experts also say to never bring your pet out swimming with you. The dog paddle may be fun, but it causes lots of commotion in the water...which can say to a shark "dinner over here!"

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    Leave Your Bling At Home

    Wearing jewelry in the water is another big no-no.

    The flash and sparkle of earrings, bracelets and other bling can look like the scales of a fish and can lead a shark to believe you are dinner.

    Shiny, bright colors like neon can also bring unwanted shark attention your way, so try not wear brightly colored swimsuits too.

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    Choose Your Swim Time Carefully

    When you swim and where you swim are very important.

    Discovery channel experts say to try and avoid swimming after heavy rains that could carry fish and sharks into unusual territory.

    Swimming at night, dawn or dusk are also a bad idea, since those are the times sharks are most active.

    And stay away from channels, deep drops and the space between sandbars, since those areas are hot spots for sharks.

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    Swim In Groups

    Much like fish stay together in schools, so should you stay with others when swimming.

    Shark expert, George Burgess of the University of Florida says there is safety in numbers, so try to avoid heading out into the water alone.

    When you're isolated that's the perfect time for a shark to pick you out and make a move. Swimming in a group makes it more intimidating for the shark.

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