Diver Kayleigh Grant explains on Tiktok how to behave in the presence of predatory fish. The diver swims in the water with a shark and uses the animal to show which mistakes one should definitely avoid.
How do you react correctly when a shark approaches?
Diver Kayleigh Grant explains on Tiktok how to behave in the presence of predatory fish – and what not to do.
Their core message: You have to approach sharks like a predator and not like prey.
Panicked swimming away and the churning of the water awaken the animals’ hunting instincts. The tiger shark in the video approaches the diver.
In order not to be perceived as prey, it is important to avoid frantic movements and make eye contact with the shark – just like a predator would.
To scare away a shark approaching you, just touch it on the head and push in a different direction.
If the shark opens its mouth, Grant advises touching the side of the animal and pushing away.
The videos are viewed more than three million times. More than a million people follow the professional diver on Tiktok.
Experts advise touching an approaching shark on the snout or sensitive gills. In the event of an attack, a smack on the gills is advised – this signals to the shark that you mean business.
“An injury there kills the shark, it has to suffocate. So the signal is sufficient: I can kill you.” – Eric Knight, shark researcher vs. “T-Online”
However, the probability of being attacked by a shark is low. In 2021, 73 attacks were registered worldwide – nine of them ended fatally. (Source: Statista)