A man miraculously survived a great white shark attack by playing dead

A diver who survived a great white shark attack while playing dead has been left with 18 tooth wounds on his chest.

Frank Logan had gone sea snail hunting with friends when a big white lump in his chest and dragged him 16 feet across the ocean.

The avid scuba diver, who was 25 at the time, ended up with 18 separate tooth punctures on a 20 inch crescent in the middle of his body.

Frank had been out with friends at Bodega Rock in Sonoma County, California when the horrifying attack took place in 1968.

Equipped with a snorkel and a black wetsuit, the young diver searched for sea snails and abalones with his friends Floyd Blanchard and Bill Posten for 25 minutes when the underwater predator sank his teeth into his body.

“I felt something go down my legs like a giant vice grip, then crushing pain in my back and chest,” he later told People.

The fearsome predator bit Frank’s side and began shaking him violently, but what he did next saved his life.

Instead of fighting the beast, Frank played dead and let his body go slack.

As a result, the shark carried him 16ft into the sea before releasing him from his dagger-like grip and swimming away.

Frank’s buddies dragged him out of the water and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he received over 200 stitches to repair his gaping wounds.

Looking at the size of the bite marks left on Frank, experts deduced the shark was around 13ft long.

Shark expert William McKeever said Frank’s close encounter was proof that apex predators aren’t all that interested in human flesh as a tasty meal.

He wrote: “If hunger was the shark’s main motivation for the attack, Logan would have made an easy meal.

“The FIAS (International Shark Attack File) shows that sharks rarely feed on their victims.

In his 2020 book Emperors of the Deep, McKeever said it was the sound of movement that drew curious sharks to humans at sea.

“A commonly held view is that a single drop of human blood will precipitate an attack. While sharks can detect small amounts of substances in water, a few drops of blood will quickly dissipate in the ocean” , wrote the author.

“In cases where a shark victim was bleeding in the water and more than one shark was nearby, the blood did not attract other sharks.

“Because sharks are much more likely to focus on low-frequency sounds, such as the flapping of an injured fish, a human kicking wildly or vigorously paddling a surfboard is much more likely to ‘catch the attention of a shark only a few drops of blood are’

He added: “Even victims who bled profusely, like Frank Logan, were not subsequently attacked after the initial bite: only 4% of victims reported being attacked so frantically.”

Earlier this month, a fisherman captured the moment a monster shark sank its teeth into their boat’s propeller and refused to let go.

Four fishermen were enjoying their annual angling trip to Coral Bay in the west Australiawhen the fearsome three-meter creature took a liking to their ship.

The puzzled group unwittingly caught the predator on one of their lines.

They were forced to wrestle with the beast for an hour before the bronze whaler shark emerged from the water and wrapped its jaws around the propeller at the back of the charter boat.

The giant shark kept its teeth locked on the propeller for five minutes as it attempted to eat it before finally giving up and swimming away.

This story originally appeared on the sun and has been reproduced here with permission.