When it comes to sharks, humans are actually pretty lucky.
The underwater predators don’t really like us. It’s not the way we taste, per se, it’s that we’re too bony. Those giant skeletons of ours actually slow down the digestive tract of sharks, and makes them think twice before swallowing us whole.
That’s why most of the people who encounter a shark in the ocean actually live to tell the tale. In fact, according to Oceana, there were 179 recorded shark attacks in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010–only three of them were fatal. In the video above, you can hear some of those survivors explain how it feels to actually be bitten under the water without warning, and how they managed to escape those powerful jaws.
For more incredible shark stories, tune into Discovery’s Shark Week which runs until July 3.