Could You Survive a Shark Attack?

ANIMALS

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

A lot of people are terrified of sharks, which is both wise and absurd at the same time. The truth about shark attacks is that they are extremely rare, and unless you go splashing around their favorite hangouts just when they're looking for something to eat, then bleed into the nearby waters, they generally won't bother you. Sharks, after all, have more to fear from humans than the other way around! Indeed, in the entire American population, an average of one person a year is killed by a shark. That compares to over 600 trampled by cows or horses and over 100 dead from insect attack (allergies are serious things).

Still, just because something is rare doesn't mean it never happens, and when it's something very serious, then you still need to know how to handle it if the situation were to arise. If you keep your head and follow a few simple steps, you are very likely to come away without so much as a scratch - and if the worst happens and the shark goes from merely sniffing you out to deciding to munch on you, you can still persuade it that you're not worth the effort. Let's see if you have what it takes!

How coolheaded are you?

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Can you look a foe in the eye?

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Do you throw a good hook or jab?

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How good a swimmer are you?

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What water sport are you likely to do?

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Do you usually have a weapon on you?

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A shark! You've spotted one! What do you do?

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How comfortable are you with throwing the first punch?

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Could you make yourself very small and still float well?

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Where exactly do you like to swim?

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What is your favorite time of day for swimming?

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Would you swim at a beach where there was nobody else around?

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Do you take a first aid kit with you when you surf?

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Do you find that you often cut yourself easily?

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Where would you try to whack a shark if you had to?

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A shark is circling you. What's your first move?

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Other than interest in eating you, why might a shark come in to take a nibble?

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Can you swim backwards without splashing?

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If things get really bad, are you willing to fight like the devil?

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You're swimming with a buddy when the shark comes in. What's the best position to take?

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The shark goes away! Is it over?

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Do you know how to tie a tourniquet?

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Do you have your phone in a waterproof case?

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You look around and the shark has disappeared. You didn't see it leave, though. What is your next move?

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If you see a cluster of seabirds or dolphins, what does that mean for the odds of sharks being present?

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Do you think you could outrun a shark in the water?

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If the sea looks a little murky on a clear day, does that make a shark attack more or less likely?

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After you put on a pressure bandage, what's your next move?

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If there is a reef nearby, how can you take advantage of it?

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If you feel something bump you in the water after seeing a shark nearby, what is the worst case scenario?

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