Professional diver who swims with 12ft sharks says common myth about them isn’t true – World News
Kayleigh Nicole Grant, 34, is a professional diver in Hawaii and wants more people to consider swimming with sharks – she says the idea that they are bloodthirsty and aggressive is not true
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A marine biologist who swims with huge great white sharks says the belief they are bloodthirsty and aggressive is nothing more than a myth.
Kayleigh Nicole Grant is a professional shark diver and says they are actually shy and wary of humans.
The 34-year-old, who has been based in Hawaii for 10 years, said the magnificent creatures are generally harmless and the key to staying safe is reading their body language.
Incredible underwater photos show just how close Kayleigh gets to sharks. Suddenly, she gets close to great white and tiger sharks as they dance around her in the water.
The diver hopes to share her stunning photos to change people’s perception of sharks, as she says attacks on humans are very rare.
Kayleigh said to the sun “There’s nothing quite like sharing space and coexisting with an apex predator who might harm you but chooses not to.”
But she adds that we must not forget that they “are not puppies”.
Kayleigh says she aims to show off their beauty and constantly feels humiliated by sea creatures – but wouldn’t get anywhere near risky behavior.
“Even with the experience that I have if I see their behavior become agitated and more assertive, I will come out of the water,” she explained.
Kayleigh hopes more people will consider swimming with sharks in the future, and she’s been on a mission to protect them since she started swimming with them nine years ago.
She described it as ‘thrilling’ and ‘thrilling’ to be in the presence of sharks, and says she never felt like she was almost attacked or had a ‘close call’ .
Sharing tips on how to dive safely with animals, she said eye contact is important, as well as body language and behavior in the water.
Try not to splash or draw attention to yourself – it’s very important to stay calm.
Kayleigh adds that if you have something to put between you and the animal, it’s helpful.
The diver went on to explain that a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a shark.
Considering the number of people in the sea every day, shark attacks are so rare.
“It is important to note that the sharks have been here for millions of years before us and by entering their home we are taking a risk,” she added.
Just as you would take a risk by entering a bear’s den, it’s important for humans to remember this.
But that shouldn’t scare or discourage people, Kayleigh continued.
About 100 million sharks are killed each year due to the shark fin trade, which Kayleigh is fighting against.
Shark fin soup is often eaten as a status symbol in China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
And Kayleigh pointed out that while about six to eight humans are killed by sharks every year, humans kill 100 million sharks a year.
She thinks people have a responsibility to protect sharks and their reputation.