Many feel a sense of dread when they imagine a shark fin circling them in the sea.
Ever since Jaws hit cinema screens four decades ago, many have been fearful of the sea predators.
So how can you gage if you are actually in any danger? And what are the chances of this scenario ever playing out?
On the Discovery Channels TV show, Naked and Afraid, Ky Furneaux came face-to-face with the killer fish.
MUST SEA: If a shark shows these signs, it could be feeling provoked (Pic: GETTY)
Ky is a survivalist and former Hollywood stuntwoman who believes that sharks are “misunderstood” creatures.
The 45-year-old added that it is unlikely that the fish will be a threat to humans.
She told Daily Mail Australia: "I think they're (sharks) amazing, I think they're hugely misunderstood and I have been working to get more comfortable around them myself.
"They're like any animal, they have certain body language that you watch out for."
The TV star explained that its easy to spot when sharks are in danger of snapping.
Comparing them to dogs, she urged swimmers to look for signs of their agitation.
Ky said: "Sharks are very similar. When you see them in the ocean they move quite smoothly when they are not in predator mode.
"You see them cruising along… and they're not threatening but then you can see when they start to go into hunt mode.
"They do sort of puff up a little bit in their movements and become sharper and more erratic. You can tell that they're getting excited by something."
NOT SOMEFIN TO FRET ABOUT: The chances of being attacked by a shark are very low (Pic: GETTY) 5bfd061a132410bcca7d4db2
Previously, Daily Star Online spoke to a wildlife expert about what to do if you see a shark in the sea.
As thrashing about in the water can provoke the sea creatures, swimmers are advised to remain calm if they come across them.
Richard Peirce said: “If swimmers see a shark, the best thing is to stay calm, keep eye contact, and try and slowly move away.
“The worst thing is to thrash about or panic and start to try and swim away on the surface.”
Other ways to reduce your chances of being attacked include sticking to shallow and clear waters.
Its also advisable to avoid areas where fishermen are operating as their bait can lure sharks.
If you still fear sharks, you should remember that the chances of being harmed by one are extremely low.
There are more than 480 species of shark in the worlds sea and oceans, few of which are deemed to be a danger.
The International Shark Attack File recorded 88 unprovoked attacks last year – and just five of these were fatal.