In honor of Shark Week this week, here are five tips on how to survive a shark attack . .
- Don’t panic. Panicking will put a shark in predatory mode. Just because a shark is around doesn’t mean you’re definitely going to get bit.
- Make eye contact and be assertive. According to a shark expert, sharks respect assertiveness. If you see a shark in the water, he suggests making eye contact with it or even pushing it away.
- If a shark attacks, fight back. Punch and attack the shark however you can. The eyes, nose, and gills are all good targets. And no matter what, NEVER PLAY DEAD.
- Assess your injuries. If you have an arm wound, try to keep it raised above your heart, which will slow the bleeding.
- Swim to shore and get help. After a shark bite, all of that splashing and commotion and blood could attract other sharks that might be nearby. So get to solid ground, stop the bleeding, and get medical help.