Many survival myths either begin with or are perpetuated by unrealistic movies. They make for great entertainment, but they also give people bad ideas. Erroneous survival myths usually aren’t malicious, just misinformed.
Here are some other common survival myths.
Myth #1: Shelter Means Coverage
When most people think of shelter, they think of four walls and a roof. In the wilderness, this myopic view can kill you. Adequate shelter has little to do with coverage and everything to do with protection. You need shelter to protect you from the elements. Poorly built shacks with roofs and walls are a poor way to protect you from the cold.
Myth #2: You should suck the venom from a snake bite wound
Snake venom enters the bloodstream extremely quickly, and it doesn’t accumulate at the bitten area. So trying to suck it out is ineffective. Moreover, putting your mouth on the bite may get venom into your mouth and esophagus.
Myth #3: You can outrun a bear
This might work if it’s a mother grizzly defending her cubs. But if it’s any other kind of bear, it might attack you anyway. Your best bet is to make yourself seem large and intimidating. Open your jacket, spread out your arms, and start shouting. Hopefully the bear will be spooked and run away.
Myth #4: Punch An Attacking Shark In The Nose
This may sound insane, but in circumstances where a shark has initiated an attack, fighting back is one of the best ways to increase your chances of survival. Unfortunately, most people lack the upper body strength to deliver a blow powerful enough to stun a shark, especially when punching in the water. Shark attack experts now believe that the best way to fend off an aggressive shark is by clawing at the eyes and gills.