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‘I survived horror great white shark attack by playing dead in beast’s jaws’

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A quick-thinking diver played dead to save his own life after he was bitten by a great white shark – which terrifyingly carried him 16 feet through the ocean.

Frank Logan was 25 years old when his hunt for sea snails left him with 18 individual tooth punctures across a 20 inch crescent shaped wound across his torso.

The diver who was wearing a black wetsuit and snorkel, suffered the dramatic shark attack at Bodega Rock in California's Sonoma County in 1968.

Frank had been hunting for abalone with pals Floyd Blanchard and Bill Posten for 25 minutes at a reef a shark sank its teeth into his body.

He said: "I felt something come down on my legs like a giant vice and then then a crushing pain in my back and chest."

Grabbing hold of Frank's side with its jaws, the shark began shaking him violently which Frank bravely reacted to in an unlikely fashion.

Instead of struggling or even trying to fight the apex predator, Frank played dead and let his body go limp.

As a result, the shark carried him 16 feet through the sea before releasing him from his dagger-like grasp and swam away, ignoring Frank who continued to remain still.

Frank's mates helped get him get to shore before driving him to hospital where surgeons used more than 200 sutures to repair his wounds.

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The dimensions of the Frank's injuries suggest the shark was about 13 feet long.

Remarkably the nightmare did little to put him off and Frank returned to the ocean for diving.

Emperors of the Deep author William McKeever said Frank's experience is evidence of sharks having no interest in dining on human flesh as a tasty meal.

He wrote: "If hunger were the shark's primary motivation for the attack, Logan would have made an easy meal.

"The ISAF database shows that sharks rarely feed on their victims.

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Mr McKeever added in his book released in 2020, that it is the sound of movement not the smell of blood that draws sharks to humans at sea.

The author continued: "One commonly held view is that a single drop of human blood will precipitate an attack. While it is true that sharks can detect small quantities of substances in the water, a few drops of blood will quickly dissipate in the ocean.

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"In cases where a shark victim was bleeding in the water and more than one shark was in the vicinity, the blood did not draw the other sharks.

"Because sharks are far more likely to home in on low-frequency sounds, such as the thrashing of a wounded fish, a human kicking wildly or paddling vigorously on a surfboard is far more likely to draw the attention of a shark than a few drops of blood are."

Mr McKeever added: "Even victims who were bleeding profusely, like Frank Logan, were not subsequently attacked after the initial bite: only 4% of victims reported being attacked in such a frenzied fashion."

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