It doesn’t matter who we are, we all have fears that we must sometimes face. For some of us, it may be a fear of spiders that could be a genuine phobia. For others, it could be a fear of heights or perhaps even a fear of enclosed spaces.
Most of us are familiar with the quote which has become somewhat of a catchphrase: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Although I’ll admit there is a lot of truth behind that statement, it also doesn’t take into account the fact that sharks exist.
Ever since Jaws came out at the theaters, I have had an immense fear of getting in the water and being attacked by a shark. Admittedly, I understand that shark attacks rarely ever happen and we don’t have much to be afraid of. Then again, I don’t want to be one of the few that make up the statistics.
If you have a fear of getting attacked by sharks, then you will appreciate what a 34-year-old marine biologist has to say on the subject. Kayleigh Nicole Grant is based in Hawaii and she is a safety diver at Kaimana Ocean Safari. In other words, she’s a professional shark diver.
Kayleigh wants to do more than simply spend some time under the water with sharks. She also wants you to know how to handle the situation so you’re less likely to be on the dinner menu.
After she posted a video on Reddit that went viral with over 57,000 upvotes, she decided to increase the game and start posting on TikTok. The video showed her facing a tiger shark and doing the unthinkable.
She said that when you do so, it imitates what their prey does so essentially, you want to act more like a predator.
Grant went on to say: “What you actually want to do is not splash. Turn around, face the animal, and maintain eye contact. With tiger sharks, you can place your hand on the top of their head, push down gently and that will redirect them away from you.”
That is exactly what the diver did. She actually patted the tiger shark on the snout and swam away with it.
@mermaid.kayleigh Follow @andriana_marine to learn even more about #sharks! 🦈💙 Just like bears & other #predators we are taught to #maintaineyecontact, yell, get large, back away slowly… it’s the same with sharks! They are not the man eating monsters the media portrays & typically want nothing to do with humans. So much so that just pushing on their head is enough to deter. #tigershark #sharkdiver #sharkdiving #sharkdive #ocean #hawaii ♬ Black Out Days Sped Up – Ryugan
In speaking with The Sun, Grant said:
“There is nothing quite like sharing space and coexisting with an apex predator that could cause you harm but chooses not to. Even with all my years of shark diving, I have never been in a situation that felt like an ‘attack’ or close call.”Whizzco