A diver stopped an approaching tiger shark with a simple trick to prevent the predator from attacking.
Footage shows her coming face to face with the shark before calmly redirecting it with several seemingly simple gestures.
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Hawaii-based diver and shark conservationist Adriana Fragola has shown how trained shark divers can safely swim with the animals commonly considered “man-eating monsters.”
Fellow diver Kayleigh Grant, who commented on her friend’s video and posted it on social media, explained exactly why you shouldn’t “splash and swim away from sharks.”
“When you turn away from a shark, splash and swim away from it, it triggers its natural predator response to hunt and follow,” Grant said.
“This mimics what prey does.
“If you encounter a shark, you should face it and stay calm.”
Staying calm in a situation like this is easier said than done, but Grant says it’s important to act like a predator yourself when faced with “top predators like sharks.”
Keeping eye contact with sharks while diving is one of the most important ways to do it, she says.
Grant is a trained professional and advises against swimming with sharks unless you are supervised by a professional.
“With tiger sharks, you can put your hand on their head and gently push down and that will draw them away from you,” Grant said.
She advises divers to make sure their hand is on the shark’s mouth, and “usually they will avoid that pressure.”
If a shark’s behavior ever seems “too confident,” Grant advises divers to “pull out of their area” by swimming backwards without splashing while maintaining eye contact, with your fins between you and the shark and your hands close together your body.
For many sharks, Grant says, you can also hold any other large object between you and the shark to deter it, such as a stick. a GoPro stick or a large camera: “Pointing an object other than a body part at a shark is definitely the best idea.”
Tiger sharks are known as one of the most aggressive shark species, and Grant says that because they’re so big, powerful, and strong, they can swim right through fins and large objects.
That’s why Grant says the best thing to do for this species is to gently push the shark away with one hand on its head.
The work Grant is doing aims to break stereotypes that sharks are inherently aggressive, and says that when she trained, she has experienced tiger sharks as “generally mild-tempered.”
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