What to do if a shark attacks you

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If the shark is biting you, two areas on the head are most vulnerable: the eyes and five gill slits right behind the eyes. The odds of being attacked by a shark in the.S.

It will probably be surprised and wont know whats going on for a moment or two. Are one.5 million, according to the latest available data from the isaf, the longest running database on shark attacks.

How to Survive a Shark Attack.

Otherwise, it should let go within a couple of minutes. To truly give yourself a fighting chance, stand your groundor, uh, swim your waterand be aggressive, says George Burgess, curator of the isaf. If you are bitten, stop the bleeding and get help as soon as possible.

In general, stop the bleeding, let other beach-goers know what happened, and seek immediate medical treatment, Lowe says. If youre in the process of being bitten, go for the gills and eyes.

Image copyrightAFP/Getty Images Never take your eyes off the shark, because they have several methods of attack including hit-and-run and bump-and-bite. For example, a bite from a Great White may give you more time to escape because any blow to their large frame is going to be disorienting.

If theres a crowd of people around and it feels like its in danger, it may hang on for a long time, he says. There have been people who have been bitten that have literally gone to the hospital with a nurse shark attached to them, Lowe says.

If you can, stay relaxed. Sharks appreciate size and power, so fighting back with all of your might will do its part to make the shark doubt whether attacking you is worth the pain you're inflicting. As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, George Burgess, director of Floridas Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida, shares his tips with people on how best.