Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: ￼As an avid surfer, people often ask me if I’m worried about a shark attack. I tell them no, I put my trust in God first. And secondly, even among people who go to the beach the chance of being killed by shark is 1 in 11.5 million. Here are National Geographic’s even more remarkable statistics about some more dangerous household encounters.
by Meg Gleason, National Geograohic, 11/22/11.
…Who knew toilets and air fresheners could be so dangerous? Well, at least statistically speaking it appears sharks seem to pose less of a threat than many things we encounter every day.
- In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13…
- 1n 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
- In 1996, room fresheners injured 2,600 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
- The U.S. averages 19 shark attacks a year. Lightning kills about 41 people a year in coastal states alone.
- Since 1959, Florida has had nine shark attack fatalities. Lightning fatalities = 459…
- For every human killed by a shark, humans kill two million sharks.
- Anyone who has swum in New Smyrna Beach, Florida (shark capital of the world) has likely been within 10 feet of a shark.
- Some sharks can live for a year without eating, surviving on the oil stored in their livers.
Read more at … https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2011/11/22/nat-geo-wild-what-are-the-odds-some-surprising-shark-attack-stats/