Taking action in the face of fear.
Published on November 4, 2012 by E. Paul Zehr, Ph.D. in Black Belt Brain (*With thanks to the Sun, London UK, for the subtitle …)
What would you do if you were literally face to face with a 12 foot Tiger shark? If punch it on the nose is your answer, you have a lot in common with Mariko Haugen of Folsom CA. Mariko and her husband Don were snorkelling on a reef in Maui when the unthinkable happened—a huge shark decided to check out the reef at the same time. This Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier ) took a little too much interest in a few of those snorkelling on the reef. Two women from Canada who were in the water, saw the shark and made an exit onto a nearby outcropping. Apparently they tried to warn Mariko and Don but they were unable to signal in time and the couple had an encounter with the shark. At this point, you might be wondering about why I am writing about a shark experience in my blog. It’s because of that punch on the nose of the Tiger shark I mentioned above. When the shark took too much interest in Mariko, she gave it a couple of punches. She got cut on her fist and a laceration on her thigh for her efforts, but the shark swam off. -------------------------------------------------
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The link to “Black Belt Brain” blog is that Mariko is a student of Tae Kwon Do—the Korean martial art of kicking and punching. Clearly this would have been a very dangerous and scary experience. Yet all the people involved had the presence of mind—the grace under pressure—to keep themselves safe. The idea is to get away from danger—from the shark—safely. I am not trying to advocate for fighting with sharks—or for fighting any animals including humans. I am also not advocating punching sharks. BTW if you try to search this out, the advice on whether or not to punch a shark is mixed. It depends. Likely hitting the shark startled it and it swam away...