Looking straight into the eyes: a professional diver gives tips on how to survive a shark encounter
Inexperienced swimmers and divers who accidentally encounter sharks in the water often make the mistake of trying to escape from them. Their chances of staying safe and sound would increase if vacationers looked at the predators and waited patiently for help.
Kaylee Nicole Grant, the founder of an ocean safari company, showed on her TikTok how to behave. It is important not to panic at such moments.
In the video, the professional and her colleague were swimming under the water column with fins when a shark latched onto them. It confidently chased the pair of divers, but did not open its mouth.
The expert decided to use this encounter to teach her followers how to resist danger. She emphasized that sharks guided by instincts will consider a fugitive as prey.
Because of this, there is no need to try to run away from a predator that will catch up with a person in the water one way or another. Instead, you should make eye contact and simulate calmness.
If a shark comes too close, you should gently push it away with your hand. This way, these terrifying creatures will decide that they are facing a worthy opponent and may retreat.
If you have to swim away, you should do it with your back to the shore so as not to lose sight of the shark.
Three years ago, a video went viral of a diver hitting a rapidly approaching shark in the head to protect herself. Such actions can help disorient the predator, but physical force is only appropriate when the marine life threatens the swimmer's life and health.