Shark attacks are rare, and almost never deadly
The real-life likelihood that you’ll have a close encounter with a shark is about 1 in 11.5 million, according to the International Shark Attack File. In fact, you’re more likely to be injured in a boating accident or bike wreck than you are in a shark attack. More good news: death by shark hardly ever happens. In 2017, for example, there were no fatalities from shark attacks in America. These are the tips that could save your life in the event of a shark attack.
The safest people in the water are snorkelers
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, surfers and other people participating in board sports accounted for 65 percent of shark attack victims in 2014, followed by swimmers and waders (32 percent), and snorkelers (3 percent). These are the water safety tips lifeguards wish you knew.
Punching a shark may not be your best defense
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Swinging your arm through water can be difficult, so, if you’re attacked by a shark, “grab at the eyes and gills, which are very sensitive,” Andrew P. Nosal of the Scripps Institutions of Oceanography the New York Times. Here’s what happened when this surfer punched a shark to try to save his friend.