Do sharks hunt people?
We are going to try and answer the age-old question about whether sharks hunt people or not. Sharks are part of the ocean world, and they have a specific diet that does not include humans. This is why most sharks do not pose any danger to people, even though many movies suggest otherwise!
Sharks are one of the most misunderstood animals. They are often depicted in Hollywood movies as bloodthirsty creatures that ruthlessly attack humans. In reality, sharks don’t just attack people for no reason at all. They only do so when they feel threatened or provoked to a certain degree.
With over 300 species of sharks, you would think humanity is constantly in danger. Only about a dozen have attacked humans and even then it’s usually by mistake because they’re after smaller fish or other marine mammals. Two common ones are the great white shark and tiger shark but we still know very little on them.
A shark may attack if it feels threatened, confused and curious. If a human splashes in the water near them it might investigate leading to an accidental attack.
To put it simply, sharks are the ones with more to fear from humans. Humans hunt and kill sharks for their meat, internal organs (such as liver oil), skin in order make products like shark fin soup or even leather.
Sharks are curious, stay calm
Despite their dangerous reputation, sharks play an important role in marine ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries conducts research to help us understand how we can best protect the population of these predatory fish.
Sharks are curious creatures, and when they accidentally come into contact with humans in the water. This is typical because they’re trying to figure out what we are. This is why sharks don’t usually attack us. However, if you happen to encounter a shark at close range while swimming or surfing then your best bet would be to stay calm. Slowly swim away from the area where there might be more of them nearby. This will help avoid getting injured by accident due to its curiosity about you. If such an unfortunate incident occurs that results in serious injury though, scientists believe staying still can result in less damage done during attacks. Most times these injuries aren’t fatal unless extreme care isn’t taken right after being bitten until professional medical attention arrives.
Don’t thrash and move slowly
While escaping a shark, it is important to keep your eyes on the animal and make an effort to watch where they are. Sharks have different attack methods such as swimming right up for a charge or sneaking from behind for surprise attacks. In order to defend against them, know their location so you can prepare yourself while also working out how exactly to escape the situation altogether safely.
When you spot a shark, chances are it will quickly swim away without bothering you. You cannot out-swim a shark, so sprinting to safety may not be your best option unless you’re already very close to shore. Remember to remain calm and keep your wits about yourself – this way you can continuously assess the situation and figure out how get back safely. Move slowly toward the closest land or boat. Do not thrash around in panic while swimming; do what is necessary but also try doing things calmly as much as possible!
Sharks are not bloodthirsty creatures that attack humans for no reason at all. They only do so when they feel threatened or provoked to a certain degree. In reality, sharks have very keen senses which can detect the smallest changes in their environment. Sharks don’t just indiscriminately kill people like seen in Hollywood movies such as Jaws!