What to do if a shark at­tacks

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PAUL de Gelder has an ad­van­tage when it comes to grap­pling with sharks – he’s one of the Aussie Navy’s elite fight­ing ma­chines.

But the rest of us don’t have the ben­e­fit of the same in­ten­sive train­ing and we have to rely on ad­vice on what to do if at­tacked by a shark.

In the un­likely event of an at­tack, boffins at the ReefQuest Cen­tre for Shark Re­search in Van­cou­ver, Canada, say that you should de­fend your­self with what­ever weapons you can get hold of.

You should avoid us­ing your bare hands or feet and aim blows at the shark’s eyes, gills or snout.

And if a shark gets you in its mouth, Ge­orge Burgess – of the In­ter­na­tional Shark At­tack File – says that you should be as “ag­gres­sively de­fen­sive” as pos­si­ble and claw at its eyes and gill open­ings.

Fail­ing that, you’d bet­ter hope a pod of dol­phins comes to your res­cue as they have been known to pro­tect hu­mans from shark at­tacks.

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