The Only Way to Survive When You See a Shark
Sing it with me now…“Duuun-Dun. Duuun-Dun…”Do I still need to tell you what I’ll betalking about today?Yup. SHARKS. They’re the reason you couldn’t get meinto any body of water larger than a bathtubuntil I was a teenager. And even then, the possibility is never farfrom my mind. So believe me when I tell you, before anytrip to the beach I always take some timeto review what I should do if I happen toencounter one. Admittedly, I’ve been swimming in the oceanfor years, and I’ve never actually gottena glimpse of that terrifying tail fin offin the horizon; but I did get stung by a jellyfishonce, and I’m pretty embarrassed to tellyou that, at that moment, I may have thoughtI was about to be chomped. But here’s the thing. Out of the nearly 500 different species ofshark that inhabit the oceans today, onlya dozen or so have ever been known to go afterhumans. And even in those cases, it’s only believedto have happened because the shark was confusedor curious. So, despite what movies like Jaws or The Meghave shown us over the years, there aren’tany sharks roaming near the shoreline, lookingfor people to eat. Sharks are, indeed, opportunists when it comesto their meals, but they tend to prefer smallerfish and invertebrates. When it comes to us, it’s an old clichébut it rings true – they’re more scaredof you than you are of them. Before I go into what to do if you happenupon a shark, here are a few quick tips todecrease those chances. First, always swim with a group. Sharks are significantly less likely to goafter a group than a solitary person. But, if the shark goes after the group, haveconfidence that you don’t have to be thefastest swimmer, just faster than the otherguy. Yes, I’m kidding. Second, avoid the water at dawn, dusk, ornight. Unless the water is in your swimming pool,then you’re fine. But seriously, sharks are most active duringthese times, and are more likely to spot youbefore you spot them. Avoid wearing shiny jewelry. This can have the unintended effect of makingyou into a human fishing lure. If you’re bleeding at all, it’s best tostay out of the ocean altogether. Sharks can smell blood from at least 500 yardsaway, if not more, and can easily track itssource. Finally, avoid areas that are being heavilyfished – by people or birds. The fish that people or seagulls are lookingfor are the same kind that sharks like tolook for too. Still, anything is possible when you’reout in the deep blue sea, so if you do seea shark, here’s the plan. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’sso important that I’m going to tell youagain right now. If you see a shark while you’re in the ocean– Don’t. Freak. Out. Keeping your cool is good advice in any stressfulsituation, and while it’s always easiersaid than done, just remember – you watchedthis awesome Bright Side video about whatdo if you see a shark, and you got this. Okay. With our calm and clear heads, it’s timeto assess the situation. If it’s possible to calmly get yourselfout of the water, do that. Until sharks learn to walk and breathe air,the best place to avoid a shark is obviouslyto get to where they can’t go. And to be redundant and repetitive – youwant to make your escape as calmly as possible. If you start splashing around like crazy,you’re only going to draw the attentionof the big fish, and that’s the oppositeof what you want to do. Of course, sharks are more likely to be aroundthe deeper and more open parts of the water,so a simple and quiet trip back to the shoreisn’t a likely option. This makes not drawing attention to yourselfeven more important. Avoid sudden movements. That said, if there are people around, it’sa good idea to let them know what’s happening,so they can help – or if they didn’t watchthis video, let them freak out and distractthe shark for you. Just kidding. Sort of. You’ll probably want to scream, but don’tdo that either. Still, if others are close enough, speak loudlyenough for them to hear so they can help. Try to keep the shark in front of you. Sharks are known as “ambush predators”,meaning they prefer to get to their prey bysurprise. If it knows you’re aware of it, it’s morelikely to be aware of you, and as I alreadysaid, you aren’t a favorite on the shark’smenu. If the shark does manage to get close to you,make and maintain eye contact. And if that sounds terrifying – don’tworry – there’s a good chance if you stareinto each other’s eyes long enough, maybeyou’ll fall in love!Yes, I’m joking, but this can also helpthe shark to recognize you as something otherthan lunch. If it recognizes you’re a person, it’slikely going to react the way I do to brusselssprouts at a buffet and move right along tosomething else. As it’s swimming by, you may want to curlup into a ball so that you seem peaceful andwon’t be confused for something it doeswant to eat, like a seal. If you can’t get away, and the shark beginsto circle or zig-zag around you, it’s timeto go into survival mode. In this instance, try to make yourself appearas large as possible. Hopefully, this will make it think twice beforecoming for you and move along. You may consider “playing possum”, butthis is a terrible idea and makes you morevulnerable if things turn aggressive. And if they do, you need to be willing tofight for your life. You may have heard that socking a shark inthe nose is the way to go, and if that’syour only option, it’s better than nothing. Still, consider that right under a shark noseis a shark mouth and that’s not where youwant to be. If you happen to have a camera or snorkel,consider using this to go after the eyes orthe gills. Fists will work if you don’t have anythingelse, and with any luck, aiming for thesesensitive areas will be enough to startlethe shark and scare it off long enough foryou to make your escape. It’s important to remember what I touchedon at the start. Shark’s just aren’t that into you. Even if you swim in the ocean regularly, statisticallyspeaking, you have a better chance of an aggressiveinteraction with a cow or a horse than youdo with a shark. Admittedly those numbers get higher if you’rea deep-sea diver by profession, but if youare, I’m not telling you anything you don’tknow. The fact is, sharks are a vital part of theocean’s food chain. Without them, that chain would fall apart,and who knows what would happen to our ocean’secosystem. Many species, like the hammerhead, are criticallyendangered, so if you do come across one,stay cool and only defend yourself if necessary. Chances are, you’re going to be just finewhile it swims away, and you’ll have anamazing story to tell for a long, long time. Finally, in Las Vegas, there are certain CardSharks you’ll also want to avoid, but that’sfor another video…How about you?Do you like to swim in the ocean?Let me know down in the comments. If you learned something new today then givethis video a “like” and share it witha friend. But – hey!As I always say, it’s better to have lunchwith a shark, than to be lunch for a shark. Besides, We have over 2,000 cool videos foryou to check out. All you have to do is choose the left or rightvideo, click on it, and enjoy!Stay on the Bright Side of life!