A marine biologist has revealed precisely what you must and shouldn’t do should you ever come face-to-face with a shark.
Whereas the very thought of seeing a shark charging in the direction of you whereas swimming within the ocean is actually the stuff of nightmares, realizing precisely what to do might simply save your life.
Have you ever ever considered what you may do in such a terrifying state of affairs?
For many, our instincts could be screaming at us to do only one factor: run (or swim) away as quick as we will.
However surprisingly, this might truly be the worst factor you can presumably do in that state of affairs.
Shark diver and marine biologist Andriana Frangola shared a hair-raising video to TikTok earlier this week explaining what to do should you encounter a shark within the ocean.
The Hawaii based mostly diver and marine photographer is seen within the clip below the water throughout a dive when a tiger shark seems and begins swimming in the direction of her.
So as to educate her followers, she exhibits what occurs when she begins panicking and making an attempt to swim away as quick as she will and explains why this can be a unhealthy thought.
“In the event you ever see a shark, by no means splash and run away,” she writes within the clip.
“This makes you appear to be an injured prey merchandise and can trigger the shark to comply with and chase you, hoping you might be a straightforward meals supply.
“Which you’ll be able to see as I reveal right here. Once I splash and swim away, this tiger shark continues to comply with me.
“You by no means need to look injured or compromised round sharks. You need to be sure to appear to be a fellow predator.”
The diver explains that as an alternative of swimming away, an individual ought to try to stand as much as the shark and make eye contact with it.
As a final resort, she suggests enjoying a hand on the shark’s head and push down.
“So, as an alternative of working away, flip and face the shark. Make eye contact and stand your floor.
“And if needed, push firmly down on high of the shark’s head. Following via to make sure they don’t flip again.
“Exit the water as calmly and shortly as doable.”
She goes on to warn her followers to not purposely try to dive with sharks and to solely use this trick as a final resort.
Andriana additionally urges everybody to go along with knowledgeable information in the event that they want to dive with sharks.
Earlier this week, Sydneysider Lauren O’Neill, 29, suffered severe accidents in a bull shark assault after she went swimming close to a non-public wharf at Elizabeth Bay.
The incident occurred at 7.45pm and prompted her to virtually lose her proper leg, which witnesses stated was visibly “trailing behind her” as she frantically tried to get out of the water.
Ms O’Neill suffered “severe accidents” however hero surgeons at St Vincent’s Hospital managed to save lots of the limb.
The apex predators are rife within the harbour this time of yr, feeding off surface-dwelling fish like salmon, bonito and mackerel tuna.
Within the day they lurk in 40m “holes” within the harbour earlier than coming as much as the floor to feed at night time.
Essentially the most harmful time to swim is as nightfall or at night time when bull sharks are almost certainly to be looking within the shallows.
“In the event you do see a shark within the Harbour, I’d say that 99 instances out of 100, it’s going to be a bull shark,” Lawrence Chlebeck, a marine biologist and shark campaigner at Humane Society Worldwide, informed information.com.au.
“We don’t need to trigger undue concern as a result of that results in rash decision-making, nevertheless it’s true that there’s a danger of shark-biting within the Harbour.”
NSW DPI shark scientist Amy Smoothey stated bull sharks are most prevalent in two areas of the harbour.
These are the triangle of water between Kirribilli, Backyard Island and the Opera Home, and up Parramatta River close to Glades Bay.
In February 2022, Simon Nellist was swimming at Little Bay when he was mauled by a shark – the primary deadly assault in Sydney in 60 years.
The British expat was coaching for a charity swim at about 4.30pm on a February afternoon and suffered “catastrophic” accidents.
A terrific white measuring between 4m and 5m was accountable for the assault, which sparked the closure of all seashores within the east and south.
Then, only a week after the deadly assault, a 15-year-old boy hooked a 2.8-metre bull shark whereas fishing in Center Harbour.
– With Shannon Molloy