A SHARK expert has shared a heart-stopping video detailing how to stop the underwater beasts from launching a lethal attack.
Professional shark diver and marine biologist Kayleigh Nicole Grant, 34, revealed her life-saving tips in a bid to educate swimmers.
Kayleigh Nicole Grant and fellow diver Adriana demonstrated the life-saving tipCredit: TikTokfirstname.lastname@example.org
They told swimmers not to be intimidated by the shark and to act like a predatorCredit: TikTokemail@example.com
She is on a mission to change people’s perceptions of the predators after getting up close and personal with them for the last decade.
The diver is keen to use her wisdom and years of experience to help people protect themselves in case they encounter a shark.
In a viral TikTok video that boasts over 2.6million views, Kayleigh explained that you need to behave like one of the creatures to beat it.
The 34-year-old, who has been based in Hawaii for the last ten years, says the magnificent animals are incredibly shy and wary of human contact.
The footage shows her colleague Adriana thrashing around in the water while a shark sinisterly approaches from behind.
Kayleigh narrated: “Andy is demonstrating why we do not want to splash and swim away from sharks.
“Splashing and swimming away imitates what prey does.
“When we’re dealing with top predators like sharks, we also want to act like a predator.”
Adriana is then seen fearlessly turning around to face the shark as it makes a beeline for her in the stunning blue waters.
The marine biologist continued: “So what you actually want to do is not splash, turn around, face the animal and maintain eye contact.
“With tiger sharks, you can place your hand on the top of their head, push down gently and that will redirect them away from you.”
The dauntless diver can then be seen tenderly touching the shark and changing the course of its direction.
Social media users were wowed by the extraordinary trick that could help stop a bloody attack.
One commented: “The shark’s face expression looks like it didn’t even know you could do that.”
Another wrote: “Looks like you snapped it out of the trance of attack mode. Excellent!!!”
And a third added: “That is absolutely amazing well flipping done!”
Kayleigh previously revealed her love for sharks to the Sun Online, hoping to encourage more people to dive to the depths to observe them in their natural habitat.
She said: “There is nothing quite like sharing space and coexisting with an apex predator that could cause you harm but chooses not to.
“They aren’t puppy dogs. We always aim to show their beauty but not treat them as puppies at the same time.
They aren’t puppy dogs. We always aim to show their beauty but not treat them as puppies at the same time.
Kayleigh Nicole Grant
“But I am also constantly humbled by them and don’t put myself near risky behavior. It’s definitely thrilling and captivating to be in their presence!
“Even with all my years of shark diving, I have never been in a situation that felt like an ‘attack’ or close call.
“Eye contact is very important with sharks as well as your body language and behavior in the water.”
Kayleigh is also working to save sharks from the deadly shark fin trade – with around 100 million sharks killed every year.
Shark fin soup is a common dish in China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia and is often eaten as a status symbol.
She warned: “Sadly, sharks are being killed at an alarming rate for their fins & meat. For every 100 million sharks killed per year, about six to eight humans are killed by sharks every year.
“We have a responsibility not to put the sharks and their reputation at risk.”
The experienced divers expertly demonstrate how to steer the shark awayCredit: TikTokfirstname.lastname@example.org
The underwater beast calmly changes the course of its direction after being divertedCredit: TikTokemail@example.com
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