- If all else fails, try to look prepared to
- "Playing dead" doesn't help. If a shark catches you,
move rigorously and try to free yourself. If you succeed once, swim back
to land quickly- unlike lightning, sharks attack twice.
- Try to dig your fingers into the gills and hold its breathing.
This will make shark look into its own life and thus leave you.
- If a shark is encircling you, do not panic. It might be just
curious. Stay still and vertical if you are wearing diver's suit, to avoid
resemblance to shark food-the seal.
- Give a helping hand to the one who is being attacked. Sharks
don't expect a helping hand, they like to focus.
- Hit the shark on nose, eye, with any available object like camera,
tool, or fist.
- If a great white has attacked you, look straight into its eye
and attack back. Great whites are particularly shy and there is a good
chance that they will back off at this move of yours. These animals like
to attack from the side or below so you could find cover protected by
- If you see the shark going around in ever decreasing circles,
and even brushing you, expect an attack. If it then heads for you, twitching
and jerking - unlike the usual smooth glide - make yourself into a small
ball. When the big fish is closer, suddenly snap into a maximum size starfish
shape. This apparently confuses the fish's primitive visual apparatus.
- If you have a dive buddy - which you should have- holding him/her
gives the beast the impression that you are bigger than it.
- Remain calm and remember a panicked resurface could give you
the bends and kill you.