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If you swim in open waters, there might come a time when you encounter one of nature’s most terrifying predators: sharks. And – make no mistake about it – these fish have attacked numerous people throughout the years. One of the worst incidents, of course, came in 1945 when sharks ruthlessly slaughtered 579 men following the torpedoing of the USS Indianapolis. But in March 2017 an ex-Navy SEAL named Clint Emerson offered some advice that could save your life should you ever find yourself face to face with a man-eating shark.

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After all, since Jaws hit the big screen back in 1975, many of us have developed a fear of getting into open water. And even if you’ve never seen that film, the very thought of happening upon a hungry shark is pretty scary. Yet even though attacks of the fatal kind are fairly rare, they do still happen in certain parts of the world.

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