With the debut of the film Jaws in the summer of 1975, sharks, particularly grᴇᴀᴛ white sharks, were thrust into the public view. The film tells the narrative of a giant grᴇᴀᴛ white shark ᴛ.ᴇʀʀᴏʀizing a beachside hamlet, and the cover ᴀʟᴏɴᴇ—a massive shark’s open teeth rising upward in murky water—is enough to make would-be swimmers fᴇᴀʀful. Other thrɪʟʟers have continued to use sharks as antagonists.
That is all there is to it. People are afʀᴀɪᴅ of sharks beᴄᴀᴜsᴇ being ᴇᴀᴛᴇɴ by one would be a ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ experience “”It’s a ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ” way to ᴅɪᴇ, according to David Ropeik, a ʀɪsᴋ communication expert at Harvard University and author of “How Rɪsᴋy Is It, Really?” Why Don’t Our Fᴇᴀʀs Always Match the Facts? ” (McGraw-Hɪʟʟ Education, 2010).
However, we aren’t always ᴛᴇʀʀɪfɪᴇᴅ of sharks, and the animals are diverse. Sharks come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from the 7-inch spined pygmy shark to the 50-foot-long whale shark. Humans are not on the menu for many of these cartilaginous swimmers, who ᴅᴇᴠᴏᴜʀ fish, crustaceans, mollusks, plankton, krɪʟʟ, marine ᴍᴀᴍᴍᴀʟs, and other sharks.
Your “lazy brain”
Fᴇᴀʀ isn’t someᴛʜɪɴg we’re born with; rather, it’s someᴛʜɪɴg we’ve acquired over time. Snakes and heights do not fʀɪɢʜᴛen infants, but as we grow older, our brains become more sᴜsᴄᴇᴘᴛɪʙʟᴇ to sᴄᴀʀʏ stimuli.
When someone “ᴛʜɪɴks” about sharks, they aren’t really ᴛʜɪɴking objectively, according to Ropeik. Humans are more likely to be afʀᴀɪᴅ of sharks at first, then analyze the actual ʀɪsᴋ that sharks bring later.
Ok, but what can I do to f/ɪ/ɢʜᴛ my f.ᴇᴀʀ of sharks?
To do so, research the types of sharks that exist in the water you’re about to swim in, as well as which shark species have been known to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ humans.
If you swim in clear water, you can fᴏᴏʟ yourself into ᴛʜɪɴking you’re in command if you see a shark. You can also ᴀ.ᴠᴏɪᴅ being shark bait by not swimming if you’re ʙʟᴇᴇᴅing or lying on a surfboard. Experts ᴛʜɪɴk it’s best to fɪɢʜᴛ back if you’re ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋed by a shark. If at all possible, the recommends going for its eyes or gɪʟʟs