Shark week kicks off today. Since the early 1900s, more than 70 movies have been made about killer sharks. News loves to tell stories about the far and few attacks in “shark-infested” waters. But, in reality, it is humans who are much more of a threat to sharks than sharks are to humans. At any one time, there are typically more humans in the water at your local beach than sharks.
So why are we afraid?
Did you know that more than a dozen Russians are killed each year by falling icicles. Bee stings account for about 50 deaths a year. And if you think celebrating with a glass of champagne is safe…flying champagne corks kill an estimated 24 people annually. So, if you are worried about swimming in our local shark-inhabited water, you needn’t be. Our odds of being bite are only about 1 in 3,700,000.
But did you know that sharks play a very important role in our oceans? Sharks are at the top of the food chain in every ocean. They keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem. Without sharks our oceans would not be the same.
As people begin to learn the importance of these incredible beautiful creatures, there is more and more advocacy for their safety. So grab those shark gummies and catch some incredible episodes of Shark week, enter to win a shark* with our friends at Costa Del Mar, and find out how you can protect these amazing animals.
Shark Week & Shark Bite Stats
According to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File, you are more likely to:
- Get accepted into Harvard. (Six in 100 applicants are accepted)
- Be born with six fingers or toes (One in 500 are born with extra appendages)
- Catch a foul ball at a pro baseball game (One in 680 attendees catch one)
- Live to be 100 years old (1.73 of every 10,000 humans do)
- Be injured by using a toilet (96.4 of every 100,00 people are).
- Get a hole-in-one on a par 3 hole (1 out of every 12,500 amateur golfers have)
- Give birth to conjoined twins (a 1 in 200,000 chance).
- Get struck by lightening (1 out of 94 million odds).