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  • Sharks Actually Don't Want To Bite You, But They Will on Random Things about What It's Like to Be Attacked by a Shark

    (#1) Sharks Actually Don't Want To Bite You, But They Will

    Contrary to popular belief, sharks are actually not mindless killing machines. Sharks have particular tastes, and while blood makes them a little nuts, their regular prey is seals, sea lions, fish, and lots of other things aside from humans. The fact is, we don't taste good, and neither do our wetsuits, our surfboards, or our diving gear, so it's very likely that if a shark bites you, it won't go back for seconds. They just give you an initial bite because they're confused. It's even less likely that the shark will actually try to eat you, which is why most deaths from shark attacks happen back on shore or in the hospital. 

  • Even If You Make It To The Hospital, Infection Is Still A Concern on Random Things about What It's Like to Be Attacked by a Shark

    (#17) Even If You Make It To The Hospital, Infection Is Still A Concern

    So, let's say you survived the incident. You didn't bleed out, the shark didn't crush you, you didn't drown, and the shock didn't kill you. Well, there's still one more way a shark attack can take your life; a shark bite is a perfect breeding ground for infections.

    In fact, scientists are still working on better antibiotics to keep serious infections from taking down shark attack victims after the fact. 

  • Other Sharks Will Come And Try To Join The Fun on Random Things about What It's Like to Be Attacked by a Shark

    (#10) Other Sharks Will Come And Try To Join The Fun

    Remember how hungry sharks really dig the scent of blood? Well, when you're bitten by a shark, you bleed. A lot. So other hungry sharks in the area are going to get a whiff of your plasma, cells, and platelets as they leave your body, and they are going to be very interested in coming by to check if there are any leftovers. Sharks have no problem chomping down on a severed limb while another shark gets the main kill, so within minutes, you might spot more than one shark in the water around where you're being attacked. 

    In what is known as one of the worst shark attacks in history, the crew of the USS Indianapolis came up against this in the worst possible way. After their ship went down, there were a lot of injured men in the water, and that meant blood everywhere. Hungry sharks in the area smelled this and came out in force. They swarmed groups of survivors waiting for rescue and began to pick off the injured one by one. By the time help arrived, sharks had killed possibly over 100 men. 

  • They Might Just Be Trying To Show You Who's Boss on Random Things about What It's Like to Be Attacked by a Shark

    (#4) They Might Just Be Trying To Show You Who's Boss

    Some scientists believe that sharks will gently bite other animals as a show of dominance, rather than trying to eat them. In other words, the shark perceives you as a threat or as another shark trying to cut in on its turf, and is trying to tell you to get lost. Those kinds of bites aren't even really meant to kill, just to let you know they're there. Unfortunately for us, sharks have giant scary many-toothed mouths, and even a little bite can do some serious damage. 

  • You Might Start Bleeding Out on Random Things about What It's Like to Be Attacked by a Shark

    (#15) You Might Start Bleeding Out

    Most shark attack victims don't die from blunt-force trauma, spinal injury, or drowning. Instead, they die from exsanguination, also known as bleeding to death. And all it takes to do that is a single bite. After you're bitten, especially if you've lost a limb, you're going to have damaged arteries, bones, and maybe even internal organs. Even if you're not missing a limb, many shark bites are several inches deep, and can span massive areas on your body. Because of that, you're going to start bleeding a lot, and fast. You might not feel it because you're in shock, but chances are you'll pretty quickly be feeling woozy. 

  • It'll All Start With A Little Nudge on Random Things about What It's Like to Be Attacked by a Shark

    (#2) It'll All Start With A Little Nudge

    Before a shark bites, it tends to check out what exactly it's biting first. So, if you're on a surf board, you might feel a little bump from their nose. If you're swimming, you might feel something brush up against your legs. In some cases, it feels more like a sudden impact, even if there's no initial bite, sometimes hard enough to knock you off a surfboard. While one nudge might not signify danger, secondary bumps could spell trouble.

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In the past 20 years, shark attacks have become more frequent in more areas. A large number of people enjoy the happiness brought by the sea, surfing, diving, and other water sports are becoming increasingly popular, but people ignore the potential threats in the beautiful sea. Although humans are just a simple meal for sharks and they are not interested in hunting humans, their attacks are deadly.

In recent decades, there have been a series of complicated reasons for the increase in unprovoked shark attacks on human beings, except for the increase in the population on the coastline, but also habitat, water quality, and climate, all may cause shark attacks. The random tool explained 17 details about how it is like to be attacked by a shark.

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