Shark encounters, oh my!

About five years ago, off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, I encountered my very first shark. As I was snorkeling, the 7-foot reef shark swam right in front of me. I paused and held my breath for what felt like eternity; I had no idea what to do.

Luckily, the shark had no interest in me and moved along. I calmly (I was freaking out on the inside) swam back to the boat and informed others about what happened.

This can happen to anyone; it happened to me. What if it happens to you?

This is what you should do when you encounter a shark:

Don’t panic.  Really don’t.

Calmly swim back to the shore. But keep an eye out on the shark; You never know what it will do next.

Shark repellent is not 100%.

Don’t try to play/mess with the shark.

 

Every year on average, there are around 60 shark attacks and 10 shark-attack fatalities. Knowing what to do when you encounter a shark can greatly reduce these numbers and can save your life.

The ocean is their world, and you’re just swimming in it.

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