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What should you do if you encounter a shark?
In this week’s episode of Hawaii Five-0, Danno (Scott Caan) tells McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) to punch it in the snout. The two experience a boat highjacking and near shark attack within minutes of their supposedly relaxing fishing excursion. But luckily, McGarrett (the “danger magnet,” as Danno teases in this scene) escapes the shark by swimming to the safety of their slowly-deflating raft.
Was Danno correct in his method to fighting off a shark? Or was it a potential recipe for McGarrett becoming – as quoted from the episode – a tasty “sushi man” dish?
According to the National Geographic, the victim should strike the shark’s most sensitive areas (snout, eyes or gills) with an object, but if that’s not available, with their hands or feet. Whatever they do, they shouldn’t “play dead.” If none of the above works and the victim ends up getting bit, then they should leave the water immediately and focus on stopping the bleeding. National Geographic warns, “While many sharks will not bite again, you cannot rule out a second attack.”
Although threat of a shark attack may be small, it’s still very much real. Keep these tips in mind next time your swimming in the ocean:
Source: National Geographic