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    HOW TO FEND
    OFF A SHARK

    Hit back.


    If a shark is coming toward you or attacks you, use
    anything you have in your possession—a camera,
    probe, harpoon gun, your fist—to hit the shark's eyes
    or gills
    , which are the areas most sensitive to pain.

    Make quick, sharp, repeated jabs in these areas.
    Sharks are predators and will usually only follow
    through on an attack if they have the advantage, so
    making the shark unsure of its advantage in any way
    possible will increase your chances of survival.

    Contrary to popular opinion, the shark's nose is not
    the area to attack, unless you cannot reach the eyes or
    gills. Hitting the shark simply tells it that you are not
    defenseless.



    How TO AVOID AN ATTACK

    • Always stay in groups—sharks are more likely to
    attack an individual.
    • Do not wander too far from shore. This isolates
    you and creates the additional danger of being too
    far from assistance.
    • Avoid being in the water during darkness or
    twilight hours
    , when sharks are most active and
    have a competitive sensory advantage.
    • Do not enter the water if you are bleeding from an
    open wound or if you are menstruating—a shark is
    drawn to blood and its olfactory ability is acute.
    • Try not to wear shiny jewelry, because the
    reflected light resembles the sheen offish scales.
    • Avoid waters with known effluents or sewage
    and those being used by sport or commercial
    fishermen, especially if there are signs of bait fish
    or feeding activity
    . Diving seabirds are good
    indicators of such activity.
    • Use extra caution when waters are murky and
    avoid showing any uneven tan lines or wearing
    brightly colored clothing—sharks see contrast
    particularly well.
    • If a shark shows itself to you, it may be curious
    rather than predatory and will probably swim on
    and leave you alone. If you are under the surface
    and lucky enough to see an attacking shark, then
    you do have a good chance of defending yourself
    if the shark is not too large.
    • Scuba divers should avoid lying on the surface,
    where they may look like a piece of prey to a
    shark, and from where they cannot see a shark
    approaching.
    • A shark attack is a potential danger for anyone
    who frequents marine waters, but it should be
    kept in perspective. Bees, wasps, and snakes are
    responsible for far more fatalities each year, and
    in the United States the annual risk of death
    from lightning is thirty times greater than from
    a shark attack.


    THREE KINDS OF SHARK ATTACKS

    "HIT AND RUN" ATTACKS are by far the most
    common. These typically occur in the surf zone,
    where swimmers and surfers are the targets.
    The victim seldom sees its attacker, and the shark
    does not return after inflicting a single bite or
    slash wound.

    "BUMP AND BITE" ATTACKS are characterized by
    the shark initially circling and often bumping the
    victim prior to the actual attack. These types of
    attacks usually involve divers or swimmers in
    deeper waters, but also occur in nearshore shallows
    in some areas of the world.

    "SNEAK" ATTACKS differ: the strike can occur
    without warning. With both "bump and bite"
    and "sneak" attacks, repeat attacks are common
    and multiple and sustained bites are the norm.
    Injuries incurred during this type of attack are
    usually quite severe, frequently resulting in death.

    Be Aware


    Most shark attacks occur in nearshore waters, typically
    inshore of a sandbar or between sandbars where
    sharks feed and can become trapped at low tide.
    Areas with steep drop-offs are also likely attack sites. Sharks
    congregate in these areas, because their natural prey
    congregates there.
    Almost any large shark, roughly six feet or longer in total length, is a potential threat to
    humans. But three species in particular have repeatedly
    attacked man:
    the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias),
    the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri), and
    the bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas).
    All are cosmopolitan in distribution, reach large sizes, and consume
    large prey such as marine mammals, sea turtles, and
    fish as normal elements of their diets.
    Thanks For Reading!
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    oh boy. Nothing like the voice of experience (I especially like the term "harpoon gun" That's a term we use all the time...not). As a surfer and spearfisherman in Fl (and traveled) I can tell you most waternen look upon sharks very fatalistically. If that big shark wants you, you're dead. Fight all you want.

    IF it happens, I will scream for help and paddle with whatever limbs I have left for shore or boat/
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    well, yeah, but at least you can try and maybe if you are lucky, you can survive (like the attack of 2 sharks to the australian surfer recently in sout africa)
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    hahahaha "whatever limbs I have left"
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    Sorry if I came off a little harsh but there's a lot of conjecture about this. Every season here in FL some TV face will give all kinds of advice. What they ought to do is show the aerial pics of hundreds of sharks swimming around swimmers during migration. But then again, that would be terrible for the tourist trade.

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    Too bad all those sailors on the USS Indianapolis didn't have this advice.

    S.M.
    "They that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790),U.S. statesman, scientist, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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    How much experience with sharks do you have, or was this just something you read?
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    it's an article from a book , I just wanted to share it..
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    Maybe stick to stuff you know about personally?.......
    Posting stuff you really don't know anything about doe not impress anyone.

    Is that is an example of what your survival channels are all about?.....

    At I least you gave credit to the source.
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    200 miles inland and 1300' above sea level, I just make a point of checking for giant cracks in the glass if I visit an aquarium.

    Sharks roaming loose here would be tough enough none of those tips will help.

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    Hey ya never know...
    https://youtu.be/m4a-ckzpD0I
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    Here's the best advice you will receive on avoiding a shark attack (assuming you are going into the ocean). Don't swim with the bait. At certain times, large schools of fish swim in big pods. That's bait. Stay out of the water at those times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    Here's the best advice you will receive on avoiding a shark attack (assuming you are going into the ocean). Don't swim with the bait. At certain times, large schools of fish swim in big pods. That's bait. Stay out of the water at those times.
    Birds diving are a great indicator of baitfish. I keep a close eye on them and no matter how good the waves, I'll bail if they get close.

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    This is very much like the advice we get for avoiding bear attacks.

    All the experts, who have never been attacked, have opinions on what to do in the presence of an aggressive predator, and it might or might not work.

    All the while, the second best way to avoid attacks is to not appear as or smell like shark or bear food.

    The #1 way to avoid attacks is to never be found in the water or woods.

    I can deal with the bears, can't deal with the sharks.

    I have purchased several firearms with primary use as bear protection over the years.

    Have not been in the ocean since 1975.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    All the while, the second best way to avoid attacks is to not appear as or smell like shark or bear food.
    I wonder if eating enough bear meat would alter your scent to make bears avoid you. Could be a very good argument in favor of starting to hunt very early in a survival situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSG View Post
    I wonder if eating enough bear meat would alter your scent to make bears avoid you. Could be a very good argument in favor of starting to hunt very early in a survival situation.
    Make sure it "Male beer meat".....?...LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSG View Post
    I wonder if eating enough bear meat would alter your scent to make bears avoid you. Could be a very good argument in favor of starting to hunt very early in a survival situation.

    Never worked for me that I could tell.

    I do know what will call them in like a magnet....

    BACON!!!

    Been there, done that.

    Wound up sleeping on top of the trail shelter with a bunch of very peed off hikers as a big hungry sow bear with three cubs circled us all night. She and the cubs taste tested about a thousand dollars worth of sleeping bags.

    I was christened with the trail name "Bear Bait" that night.
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    I can deal with the bears, can't deal with the sharks.
    Man...forget sharks. Not that I want to slap a bear on the butt...but I really don't want to slap a shark on it's butt. If you think you'll feel helpless and vulnerable facing a bear...in the water, you can't climb up a tree or walk backwards.
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    Frying bacon and it's grease is an old bear hunting trick. Rates up there with fish parts in a gallon jug left in the sun a few days and dumped around the blind.

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    http://biofort.blogspot.com/2008/09/...chigan-no.html

    Bull sharks can live in fresh water and from an incident that happened in Australia a few years back, it seems they can reproduce there too. Don't think you're safe just because "they don't live here"....

    As far as other animal type attacks here is a video series on youtube by a guy (Riflechair) that seems to know his business. Watch Video 4 if you just want to learn about bears, bear spray etc. Watch all five if you have the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1chhy85qk
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