Sharks attacks are actually a rare incident. There are 489 shark species, however, only three are responsible for a number of fatal, unprovoked attacks on humans: the white shark, tiger shark, and bull shark.
There is an article published by Scuba Diving Magazine, that presents a detailed list and pictures of everyday items that actually kill more people per year than sharks. Here, we have summarized the list for you.
- SELFIES: Sharks killed 8 people in 2015, selfies and selfie sticks caused the death of 12.
- HOT DOGS: 77 children each year choke to death in an effort to consume hot dogs.
- ESCALATORS: 10,000 emergency room injuries per year in automatic escalators, But only 10 per shark attacks per year
- TOILETS: 42 deaths annually occur from falling off the toilet or young children drowning in them.
- HIPPOS: Hippos take 2,900 lives annually
- VENDING MACHINES: Each year vending machines topple over and crush 13 people.
- WATER HEATERS: With incorrect temperature settings kill an average of 100 people per year.
- BEDS: 450 people die from falling out of bed annually.
- COCONUTS: kill 150 people per year when falling from the palm tree trying to reach the coconuts.
- CHAMPAING CORKS: They causes 24 deaths per year. 1/3 of those accidents occur on weddings.
As you can see, there is more chance of dying due to one of these 10 things than as a result of a shark attack.
Sharks attacks are not as common as we think
Around 80 unprovoked shark attacks are reported worldwide every year and there are only an average of 5 shark-related deaths per year.
According with the Australian Shark Attack File for unprovoked attacks in Australia and the International Shark Attack File for unprovoked attacks in all other regions (Last Updated: 19 February 2015) there has been only 439 fatal attacks since 1958.
Sharks are beautiful ! but they have been misunderstood. “They are insanely powerful and beautiful creatures that deserve more than ignorance.”
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