Jessica Alba risked her life on the Bahamas shoot for upcoming movie INTO THE BLUE - because she was surrounded by deadly sharks all day.

Sexy Alba was a quivering wreck every time she entered the tropical waters surrounding the sun-drenched islands, and was often required to undertake the daring task of punching sharks on the nose - in a desperate move to stave off potential attacks.

However, the power of prayer helped Alba survive the scary scenes.

She tells British magazine EMPIRE, "I swam with violent sharks. Every day I prayed that I wouldn't die. And so every morning I told my grandmother to pray for me, to protect me from the sharks.

"I had to punch a couple of the sharks right on the nose. You punch them on the nose and it redirects them. But trust me, it's terrifying."

17/05/2005 21:38