What to do if a shark attacks
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.