Hall of Famer Ned Denison of Ireland explains his intend to fight if the situation calls for it.
“Before my False Bay swim in South Africa, I did a lot of shark visualizaton training – including two swims alone in the days before. Trust me this did not include watching the Discovery Channel. I played the scene of the 21-foot great white shark attack over and over.
In my pre-swim visualisation, I caught the snout with on hand and lower jaw with the other and rode the attack into the air. Only then did I release my right hand and start delivering the crunching punches. This set the shark to flight mode.
By the time I was then in False Bay surrounded by 3 safety boats, I felt 100 times safer and was more mentally prepared to see a shark – and not at the end of an attack.”
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