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.