Just how great is your risk of getting fatally attacked by a shark?
One in 3.7 million, according to the experts.
Recent shark attacks and encounters certainly draw attention to these denizens of the deep. Sharks are fascinating creatures and downright scary for many people.
For a few people, sharks are dangerous, causing injury or even death.
The Florida Museum of Natural History has compiled data analyzing your risk of being fatally attacked by a shark.
You actually have a much greater chance of being killed by lightning, dying in a train crash or losing your life in a fireworks incident.
Lightning fatality: 1 in 79,746
Train crash fatality: 1 in 156,169
Fireworks fatality: 1 in 340,733
Shark attack fatality: 1 in 3,748,067
And get this: If you plan to stay out of the water on your next beach trip, digging a sand hole and sitting in it is not a safer use of your time.
From 1990 to 2006, 16 people died in collapsing sand hole incidents. During that same period of time, 11 people died from shark attacks.
From 2001 to 2010, 263 people died in the U.S. from dog attacks. Ten people died of shark attacks during that same time frame.
All the statistics and shark information above is from the Florida Museum of Natural History. You can click on the link below to read more.
The website also has a list of how to reduce your risk even more:
•Always stay in groups since sharks are more likely to attack a solitary individual.
•Do not wander too far from shore --- this isolates an individual and additionally places one far away from assistance.
•Avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight hours when sharks are most active and have a competitive sensory advantage.
•Do not enter the water if bleeding from an open wound or if menstruating --- a shark's olfactory ability is acute.
•Wearing shiny jewelry is discouraged because the reflected light resembles the sheen of fish scales.
•Avoid waters with known effluents or sewage and those being used by sport or commercial fisherman, especially if there are signs of bait fishes or feeding activity. Diving seabirds are good indicators of such action.
•Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks --- both often eat the same food items.
•Use extra caution when waters are murky and avoid uneven tanning and bright colored clothing --- sharks see contrast particularly well.
•Refrain from excess splashing and do not allow pets in the water because of their erratic movements.
•Exercise caution when occupying the area between sandbars or near steep dropoffs --- these are favorite hangouts for sharks.
•Do not enter the water if sharks are known to be present and evacuate the water if sharks are seen while there. And, of course, do not harass a shark if you see one!
Source: Florida Natural Museum of History
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