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How not to get attacked by a shark

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Just in time for the July 4 holiday, the New York Times has released an explainer piece on just how prevalent shark attacks are (not very), and where they mostly take place (where the food is).

But just as helpful as these tidbits of knowledge is a short synopsis of what you, a swimmer in the ocean, can do to NOT be attacked by a shark.

Here they are:

1. Don’t go swimming at dusk, night or dawn, when sharks are more likely to be active and feeding.

2. Avoid murky water, where sharks are more likely to mistake you for shark food.

3. Bleeding? Don’t go swimming in the ocean.

The experts say shark attacks are no more prevalent than they usually are this time of year, and point out that this summer conveniently coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of “Jaws,” so there might be some media hysteria at play, ahem.

However, it’s true that the seven shark attacks along the North Carolina coast are more than the state has recorded in a single year since 2000.

What should you do if you are bitten by a shark?

When you see it coming, try to exit the water slowly, facing the shark, says shark expert Andrew P. Nosal. If you can’t escape, and it attacks you, fight back by grabbing the gills or striking the eyes.

For more about sharks, click here and here.

Potentially deadly jellyfish wash up on NJ shore

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Local beach patrol are warning folks who frequent New Jersey beaches that a rare (for them) and potentially deadly jellyfish is washing ashore.

Beachgoers began reporting what they first thought was very colorful beach trash. Upon closer inspection though, they realized the blobs were not plastic bags, but Portuguese man-of-war. The bright purple jellyfish sport tentacles that grow to about 6 feet in length but can extend  outward up to 165 feet, and are extremely painful when they sting.

The New Jersey jellyfish appear to have washed up without its venomous tentacles. They can be deadly, but that's rare.

Experts say the jellyfish are washing ashore there because they are being carried north by the Gulfstream. The same creatures washed ashore there a year ago, DNA tests confirmed.

Top 10 countries for retirement in 2015

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Thanks to the relatively high cost of living in the U.S., more and more retirees are opting to spend their golden years and hard-earned cash abroad. Currently, an estimated 3 million Baby Boomers plan to move overseas after retirement.

But where in the world is the perfect retirement haven? Each year, expat-focused magazine International Living seeks to answer that question by ranking the best countries for retirees.

The magazine pulls data from their network of correspondents and international organizations to rank countries by cost of living, healthcare, infrastructure and other factors.

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The top 10 countries on their list cover a variety of regions around the globe. While most of the countries on the list remain fairly static over the years, the exact standings did get a bit of a shake-up this time around.

Once again, Central and South America dominate the rankings, accounting for nearly half of the top ten list.

Ecuador and Panama, the two top destinations, feature attractive discount packages to bolster their already low costs of living. Both nations are tourist-friendly, have excellent infrastructure, and boast a variety of entertainment and sightseeing options.

But if you'd rather spend your twilight years in Europe, it's still worth brushing up on your Spanish. Spain remains the top European retirement destination on the list, thanks to cheap prices, beautiful locales and a top-notch healthcare system.

Asia's look-in on the top 10 is mostly thanks to Malaysia and its robust economy, which allows expats to enjoy a high-quality lifestyle at a comparatively low price. 

If you are planning to take advantage of these or any other retirement destinations, the U.S. State Department has a checklist to help anyone looking to retire overseas set their affairs at home in order first. 

The full list of all 25 countries recommended by International Living can be found at their website.

This video includes images from Getty Images and music from Risey / CC BY NC 3.0.

Photos: Top 20 travel destinations for 2015

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