× Frame 1:  Avoid splashing or making wild movements if you see a shark, as it tends to only attract their attention. Frame 2: Back away from the shark calmly and quickly, keeping it in front of you at all times. Callout: Do not play dead. Frame 3: Fight back if attacked by jabbing the shark in the eyes or gills with your fists or on-hand equipment, like snorkels or dive equipment. Frame 4: Thrash violently if the shark takes hold of you. Hit anything you can reach and keep moving until it lets go.

| July 14, 2017

Last updated: October 15, 2018

Manly Skills, Survival, Visual Guides

How to Survive a Shark Attack

how to survive a shark attack step-by-step illustration diagram

Sure, we could talk about the statistically infinitesimal chance that you’re going to get attacked by a shark (about 1 in 11.5 million), and that the vast majority of shark attacks are non-fatal, and that sharks don’t actually want to eat people, they just get confused sometimes. We could say that by staying away from active fishing grounds, river mouths, and estuaries, and by paying attention to warning signs posted at beaches, you are virtually guaranteed that the only sharks you see will be in an aquarium or on the TV.

Sure, we could tell you all of that, and it’s all true, but hey, someone is going to be that 1 in 11.5 million. And if it’s you, here’s how to survive an attack by a blood-thirsty, okay, possibly just confused, sea monster.

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Illustration by Ted Slampyak