The action you need to take to survive a shark attack is revealed as expert Bear Grylls lays out a ‘dangerous signal’ to avoid
SURVIVAL expert Bear Grylls has revealed the action you need to take to survive a shark attack – and the dangerous signal to avoid.
It comes just days after experts warned of a ‘new normal’ in the rise of shark attacks after five people were maimed in just two weeks.
Adventurer and TV star Bear Grylls spoke exclusively to The Sun to give his top tips on what to do if you come face to face with a shark.
“Number one, don’t panic,” he said. “You know, most shark attacks and mistaken identities, or they’re thinking of something else. So if you see a shark, make yourself visible, make yourself strong, make sure you don’t look like prey.”
Bear then explained the dangerous signal that could leave you face to face with a Great White.
“As soon as you start panicking and thrashing around in that water and sending out prey-predator signals that you’re food and you’re scared and you’re weak, whether you’re up against wolves or sharks.
“You know, the signal is a really dangerous signal. So if you’re with a shark in the water, bags or trust, swim, you know the swim is stable.
“If he’s coming towards you, if he looks like he’s attacking, run towards him, be aggressive. Confuse a shark’s mind. Yeah, he’s unlikely to attack – even the Tall Whites.”
Bear, which is currently in partnership with Duracell® on their Engineered for More campaign, confirmed that sharks “don’t want to eat you”, but tend to mistake humans for prey.
“If they see that you are human, that you are not afraid and that you swim with them, they leave you alone.
“But like all things that take courage, but welcome in the wild, you know, the rewards go to those who can face their fears and be tough, so that would be my advice with sharks.”
Although he gave expert advice on how to deal with a shark if you find yourself in this position, Bear explained that it should not be sought out.
“Before you get in the water, do your research and make sure you’re not putting yourself in unnecessary danger.
“There are a lot of places now that have really good shark watches. If someone says don’t be in the water right now, don’t be in the water.
“But it’s the key to surviving. If you’re surrounded by sharks, be confident.”
SHARK ATTACKS ON THE RISE
At least 22 people were mutilated by sharks in the United States this year alone, according to shocking new data.
The most recent attack took place last weekend at a popular resort in Florida which has been dubbed the shark capital of the world.
A surfer was shot in the water until the size in New Smyrna Beach – the second attack there in a week.
It came just days after a second 28-year-old man had his left foot bitten off while riding the waves in the same spot on July 3.
Last month, a teenager lost part of her leg after being attacked by a nine feet shark on another Florida beach.
Addison Bethea, 17, was searching for scallops in water about five feet deep near Grassy Island, just off Keaton Beach, when the beast ransacked her in Taylor County.
She was rushed to hospital with serious injuries as doctors desperately tried to save her badly torn limb.
From her hospital bed, the brave Addison described the heroic efforts of her half-brother Rhett Willingham, 22, who jumped into the water and beat the huge shark until his brother was free.
And in CaliforniaSteve Bruemmer suffered serious stomach and leg injuries after being bitten by a shark while swimming at Lover’s Point Beach last month.
The hero’s passers -by attracted him and gave him first aid once they heard his calls for help.
In other recorded incidents, a woman was with her family when she was mutilated in Lower Keys, Florida.
BLOOD IN THE WATER
Lindsay Bruns, 35, was on a pontoon and had plunged several times into the water before her husband Luke hears a huge splash, the Miami Herald reports.
He saw blood in the water and Lindsay called for help.
Meanwhile, a shocking video captured the moment a shark attacked a seal off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
On July 3, lifeguard Zach Gallo suffered a hand injury after being attacked by a five-foot shark during a training exercise at New York.
A week later, John Mullins, who was taking part in lifeguard training, was attacked by a shark around 11 a.m. at Ocean Beach on Fire Island in New York.
New Smyrna Beach has taken on the unofficial title of Shark Capital of the World after a string of terrifying encounters with the dangerous predators in recent years.
Two men at the beginning of the twenty, a fisherman and a surfer were bitten there on the legs and feet in March, reports Tracking Sharks.
Seas around the world have turned red, with 39 attacks reported since early January as the powerful creatures rip limbs and sink their jaws into unsuspecting swimmers.
Two women have been killed in separate shark attacks within 600 meters of each other in Egypt.
In another murder horror this year, Britain’s Simon Nellist was fatally mauled by a 15ft great white shark in Little Bay, Sydney, while training for a charity swim in February.