Two Step Shark Defense – Do I need to put out another course?
It’s getting crazy -already this year there’ve been 13 recorded shark attacks across the U.S. and this weekend Australian surfer Mick Fanning was attacked during the J-Bay Open on Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. It would lead me to believe that sharks are figuring out we’re easy to catch.
As a surfer and someone who enjoys the beach, I have a real concern for this issue. But I do laugh when I hear experts trying to explain “what the shark was thinking” as if they were Dr. Doolittle. Personally, I don’t care if the shark was “confused”, or using an “exploratory bite” – I can still loose my leg!
If you didn’t see the Mick Fanning video, it’s incredible. It shows the pro surfer getting attacked while sitting in the line up…but it also shows him successfully fighting off the shark.
Mick was uninjured….he just needed to change his wetsuit.
The Video is Below:
The thing I want to point out is Mick’s reaction. It’s a real reaction when you’re scared for your life. And wether your fighting off a shark in the ocean or a “shark” on land the general principals are the same.
The Two Step Shark Defense
(I’m not a marine biologist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night…)
Step 1. As soon as the attacker comes into range – ATTACK LIKE HELL before he attacks you. Mick didn’t wait to be bit and you shouldn’t wait to be hit.
Step 2. As soon as you can get some space – GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE. Create space and move as fast as you can, if he comes back, repeat Step 1 and go right back to Step 2.
Repeat as needed.
The split second Mick realized he was being attacked he fought back with large, simple skills to the closest possible targets – the shark’s nose, gills and eyes.
You will do that same thing, attacking the face, neck and other target rich areas.
When the shark hesitated and withdrew – Mick used his environment and put the board between him and the shark and then fought more when the shark came back.
You will use cars, furniture to obstruct your attacker. You will throw whatever you can pick up to slow to distract him and hit him.
As soon as the shark stopped attacking, he got the hell out of there and got to help….and so should you.
Simple is what works and when you’re attacked, whether it’s a shark or an assailant.
Take a good look at Mick’s reaction…that’s what fear looks like.