Not many people really want to know what a shark attack looks like—from the point of view of the victim.
This scuba diver found out.
The gentleman was out spear-fishing when he saw a shark getting a little too curious.
Common wisdom is that when sharks get too curious, a diver should push them away forcefully—let them know there is some life left in you, that you aren’t passive and ready to be dinner.
This diver gave the shark a sharp jab with his fishing spear.
The shark did not approve.
Rather than take heed of the warning, the shark made a powerful lunge for the diver, slamming its jaws shut perilously near the diver’s flesh.
The shark ripped a chunk out of his wetsuit.
The thickness of a wetsuit is measured in millimeters—half a millimeter for 65-75 degree temperatures, and five millimeters for 52-58 degree water.
That shark’s teeth came less than an inch from tearing a chunk out of the diver’s body.
Everything turned out for the best, though.
Apparently, the shark didn’t like the taste of neoprene, and decided it wasn’t interested in eating this weird creature made out of wetsuit material.
The diver swam away, with the only lasting injury being to his wallet, as he will have to replace the torn suit.
Even that has an upside—he can hang the old one in his home as a conversation starter.
When the fishing tales start unfolding, he won’t have to try to convince people how close that shark really came.