If you’re in the ocean, get out now.
Nova Scotia’s waters just welcomed a new resident, and she isn’t looking to make friends. Carl, a two-metre-long mako shark, was tracked swimming off the coast of Sable Island earlier this month.
The only problem is, she never left.
— Mako Shark Carl (@MakoSharkCarl) September 5, 2015
The shark first arrived near the island on Aug. 27, but has been sticking around for its “rich feeding options,” according to the CBC. So don’t let those kind-worded tweets fool you, Carl is serious business.
According to OCEARCH, the agency that tagged her, the shark travels about 56 kilometres every 72 hours, meaning she won’t be staying at the island for much longer. She actually made her closest pass to Canada on Aug. 19, when she came within mere kilometres of Halifax’s coast.
The good news is, unless you’re a seal, you don’t have much to worry about. The International Shark Attack File says your odds of being attacked by a shark are 1 in 11.5 million, so probability is firmly in your favour.
If you want to stay extra safe, there’s a few things you can do to keep the sharks at bay: stay in groups when you’re in the water, refrain from excess splashing and, whatever you do, don’t go in the water with an open wound (sharks like blood, after all).
That way, if you come across ol’ Carl, she’ll leave you alone. You can also check out more tips on how to survive a shark encounter right here.