The Discovery Channel has chosen a week in July or early August each year since 1988 to feature extensive amounts of shark-based TV programming. Despite we know that shark attacks are quite rare the “Shark Week” aims to give us a broader and less stereotypical view of sharks and how they contribute to our seas and world.
Unlike on reality shows or in Hollywood horror movies, sharks won’t typically attack you if you are not causing trouble. But, if you do spend time in the ocean, it may be helpful for you to know how to survive a shark attack. We have some suggestions for you:
- Avoid high-contrast clothes, bling, and excessive splashing. Bright colors ¾as orange or yellow¾ and bright jewelry can attract sharks. Also, don’t make excessive movements and splash around.
- Stay away from places where sharks roam. Deeper water and the entrances to harbors.
- Avoid swimming in the dark. Visibility for you is down, but not for sharks.
- Don’t provoke sharks. If you see a shark and it is not in attack mode, quietly move away if you are far enough away. If the shark is too close, stay still and let it pass.
During an attack:
- Don’t play dead. Playing dead may simply make you look more like a main course and easier to eat.
- Get ready to fight. Do whatever you can to ward off the shark, including hitting the shark hard and often. Use whatever equipment or objects that you may have.
- Go for the gills and the eyes. These are the sensitive parts of the shark.
- Protect your vital structures. Being bitten in the face or the neck can be far worse.
If you are bitten:
- Get out of danger. Your priority, of course, is survival.
- Apply direct pressure to the wound. You want to stop the bleeding or at least control it.
- Seek legitimate medical help as soon as possible.
- Stay warm. Shock is also a risk. Get yourself covered with blankets and other things that won’t stick to the wound.
Prevention is fundamental to face any natural danger. Keep you informed and prepare yourself with SkyAlert.