What to do if a shark approaches you?

What should you do if a shark approaches you? How to survive a shark attack?


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  1. 1 Stay calm

    In most cases a shark would just be passing by. If you stay calm then the shark might continue on its path and leave you alone. Sharks don't usually attack humans for no reason.

  2. 2 Drop your catch

    If you have been spearfishing then drop your catch and slowly leave the place. In such a case, the smell of your catch might have attracted the shark. Leave the catch to the shark because there is a possibility that it came for it.

  3. 3 Go near your dive partner

    Sharks are very less likely to attack groups of people and so by getting closer to your dive partner you are greatly reducing the chances of a shark attack.

  4. 4 Put your back against something

    To reduce the possible angle from which a shark can approach you, keep your back against something if possible.

  5. 5 Keep your back against your partner

    If you are in open water then keep your back against your other partner and you can then slowly try to rise and exit if the shark comes closer. 

  6. 6 Hit it in the nose

    Many people agree that the best thing to do in case a shark actually tried to attack you is to punch it in the nose. Punch the shark then leave right away because an aggressive shark might return back shortly.

  7. 7 Swim smoothly

    When you swim do it as smoothly as possible, for additional noise can make the shark more curious as sharks are very sensitive to sounds.

  8. 8 Don't play dead

    According to many experts, playing dead won't work as this won't stop the shark from pursuing the goal it came for.

  9. 9 Attack the eyes

    In case the shark gets you in its mouth try to aggressively attack its eyes. The shark's skin is very thick but areas like its eyes are almost not protected.

  10. 10 Always keep watching the shark

    Never give your back to the shark while swimming. This will prevent you from seeing it approaching and as a result it will decrease your chances of defending yourself.

  11. 11 Push with a pointed object

    If you have any pointed hunting equipment then push it forward towards the shark's face. This will make the shark go back before attempting to attack again.

  12. 12 Rise up between attacks

    After you hit the shark rise up while looking at the shark, then as soon as you find it approaching again hit it again then repeat the process.


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