If you’re like me, you’re not a huge fan of deep water — or moreso, the things that might be hiding there. This spear fisherman found out the hard way that dangerous things might be lurking in the dark water.
While minding his own business and spearfishing off the coast of Queensland, Australia, a spear fisherman got a nasty surprise when he was approached by a juvenile tiger shark. As you can see in this viral video shared on youtube, the startled fisherman fends off the curious shark by jabbing at it with his spear gun.
Should he have been worried? Yes and no. Tiger sharks are the fourth largest species of shark on earth weighing upwards of 1300 pounds and measuring up to 15 feet from tip to tail. They also have a reputation for being deadly: after Great Whites, they kill more humans than any other species.
Don’t worry too much though — globally there are only about 80 reported shark attacks on people each year, and less than 10% result in death. So sharks aren’t out to get you! That being said, it’s always a good idea to be prepared in the event of a shark encounter. If you run into a shark when swimming, here are some things you should and shouldn’t do to avoid being bitten:
Don’t Seek Them Out
While it may be tempting to try to get that insta-worthy moment and snap a picture with a shark, even sharks that are ‘friendly’ still pose a threat to humans. Don’t force a moment with a shark if you encounter one, specially if it happends like in this viral video.
Don’t Swim In Certain Conditions
Avoid lagoons in low tide, near rivers after heavy rains, near schools of fish or birds, in the vicinity of an animal carcass, near fishing boats — these are all conditions that increase the likelihood of a shark encounter.
If you do encounter a shark, don’t panic. Splashing away will make you seem more like prey. Stay still, make yourself small, and wait for the shark to move on if you find yourself face to face with one.
If you are attacked, experts recommend being as aggressive as possible and hitting or jabbing the shark around the eyes and gills where it is most sensitive. Odds are the shark mistook you for a fish or seal, so if you fight back it will quickly realize you’re not an easy meal and will leave you alone.
Stay safe out there! And remember: sharks are more scared of us than we are of them!
Watch the viral video here: