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What to do if a shark bumps you?

So, you're swimming peacefully in the ocean, minding your own business, when suddenly, a shark decides to give you a little nudge. What should you do? Don't panic, we've got you covered!

First things first, stay calm. Panicking will only attract more attention from the shark. Remember, they can sense fear, so keep your cool and try to maintain a relaxed demeanor.

Assess the situation

Take a quick moment to assess the situation. Is the shark just curious or displaying aggressive behavior? If it's a curious bump, the shark might just be investigating its surroundings. However, if it's an aggressive bump, you'll need to take immediate action.

Defend yourself (without becoming a shark snack)

If the shark is displaying aggressive behavior, it's time to defend yourself. But don't worry, you don't need to channel your inner superhero. Instead, use whatever you have at your disposal to create a barrier between you and the shark.

Grab any nearby objects, like a surfboard or a piece of equipment, and put it between you and the shark. This will act as a physical barrier and may deter the shark from further aggression.

Make yourself big and loud

Sharks are more likely to back off if they perceive you as a threat. So, make yourself look as big as possible by raising your arms above your head. Shout, splash the water, and make as much noise as you can. Show that you're not an easy target.

Back away slowly

While making yourself big and loud, start slowly backing away from the shark. Avoid sudden movements that may trigger an attack response. Maintain eye contact with the shark, but don't stare it down aggressively. Slowly and calmly create distance between you and the shark.

Exit the water cautiously

Once you've created enough distance, it's time to exit the water. Do it slowly and cautiously, keeping an eye on the shark at all times. If you're near a boat or a dock, try to reach it without turning your back on the shark.

Remember, shark encounters are rare, and most species of sharks are not interested in humans as prey. By following these guidelines, you can increase your chances of safely navigating a shark bump. Stay safe and keep enjoying the wonders of the ocean!