How to Survive a Shark Attack

Shark attacks have been a common fear among humans since Jaws was released. Truthfully, there are not that many instances of sharks attacking humans, but it does happen. There are some ways to survive a shark attack, and they are probably not what you’d think!

Try to Intimidate the Shark

If a shark is approaching you, and it is too close for you to safely get away, the first thing you should do is remain calm. This is obviously easier said than done, but it is absolutely necessary. The shark may go away on his own, but if it approaches you, make eye contact with the shark and remain eye-locked. This shows them that you will not be easy prey. Sharks respect aggressiveness, and it may turn away. Whatever you do, though, do not play dead. Playing dead will just make the shark think he can start biting as he pleases.

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Be Ready to Fight

If your intimidation doesn’t work, then you have to prepare the fight the shark. There are a few tips to remember to make sure you fight the shark effectively.

  • Continue to keep eye contact to the best of your ability.
  • Attack the eyes, gills, and nose of the shark if you can. If you cannot see where you are hitting, just continue to hit wherever you can.
  • If your arm is bitten, raise it up to keep it above your heart. This will slow the bleeding.
  • Whatever you do, don’t look at your wound if a shark bites you. This can make panic or shock set in, and you will lose your ability to fight properly.

Rare Things Do Happen

Shark attacks, while rare, can happen. These tips can help you avoid an attack with intimidation or survive an attack by knowing a shark’s weak spots. However, the best way to survive a shark attack is to get out of the water the moment a dorsal fin appears in the distance!