This mornign i ebcame the proud new owner of a 1986 Army field manual dedicated to survival in numerous situations across a variety of terrains. It’s referred to by some as FM 21-76, and it’s considered by many to be the bible of survival guides. You can find free versions online, but the book form gives the whole thing some off-the-grid gravity you just can’t emualte online.
In a bizarre coincidence, when I opened the book to scane the contents I found myself looking at the section about sharks. In particular, “surviving if you are in a raft and you sight sharks—”
- Do not fish. If you have hooked a fish before seeing the shark, let the fish go.
- Do not clean fish in water.
- Do not throw waste overboard
- Do not trail arms or legs in the water.
- Keep still and quiet.
- Keep hands, feet, legs, arms adn equipment inside the raft.
- Conduct all burials as soon as possible. Wait until night if sharks are numerous.
WTF! The list was pretty palatable until that last bullet point about night burials. Jesus, survival is some macabre shit. The illustrations in this guide are priceless, and I wonder if anyone would be interested in using this as a model for an edtech field manual for surviving the Higher Ed apocalypse 🙂 THis is now officially part of my sumemr reading list.