Thursday August 9, 2007

How to survive a shark attack

“Shark’s teeth face inward, so when a shark doesn’t let go or wiggles its head and the person tries to pull away from the shark, that tissue just gets ripped right out. There are not that many predators under the water that could inflict a bite this size, this extensive.” — Dr. Randy Miller, who performed surgery on a lady who got bitten by a shark on Tuesday.

OK, this happened in the keys, and for whatever reason attacks are much more common there and on the west coast of Florida then on our nice beaches. I direct you to Camilo’s guide to sharks and the nerve-calming links at this post. We can also get some to-the-rescue from a pair of WikiHow articles: Prevent a shark attack and Survive a shark attack. (Short version: punch it in the eyes and gills.) Swim easy.

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  1. Xavier    Thu Aug 9, 05:29 PM #  

    Damn! Swim dude! Swim!
    Occasionally, I have nightmares that looks like that. I wonder if he made it.

  2. NicFitKid    Thu Aug 9, 09:03 PM #  

    Actually, that’s a basking shark, a filter feeder and quite harmless to humans. You can check out the original picture on it’s flickr page.

  3. alesh    Thu Aug 9, 09:10 PM #  

    Holy crap — the nic NFK sees all.

  4. Alex    Thu Aug 9, 09:26 PM #  

    The second largest fish, after the equally harmless whale shark. But color me impressed -you actually clicked on the pic in the wikihow article? That’s thourough.