You have all seen “jaws”, or even "Deep Blue Sea" who made sharks so famous as a blood thirsty killing machine. Some of you might be afraid of them coming out from the blue to eat you raw. Looking at this common fear, I went to check what was the real probability to be killed by a shark:
Apparently 1 person out of 300 Million get attacked by a shark, wow! I made some further research and apparently, you have more odds to become president of the United States (1/10 million) or to win an Olympic medal (1/655,000). Girls and guys might feel relieved to read that your odds are a lot more favorable to marry a millionaire (1/220) or even date a super model (88,200 to 1).
You actually are a lot more likely to die from an asteroid falling on your house (20,000 to 1), from some parts falling out of a plane (1/10 millions) and there are 15 times more causalities by falling coconuts than by sharks.
About 400 people per year get struck by lightning and 900 deaths a year involves either a hippo, a deer, a dog, an elephant or ants as opposed to 5 deaths from shark jaws. Furthermore, most shark attacks are at the surface as the sharks might take a swimmer, surfer, kayaker and the like, for a more usual and tastier prey. So diving underwater with them is even less risky than going to the beach. Furthermore, since shark attacked are recorder (1820) there has not been ONE diver attacked by a shark in Thailand nor Burma!!! Click this link for more statistics.
Sharks are extremely important for the equilibrium of our oceans, they have roamed our oceans since before the time of dinosaurs, but their long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending. Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year to primarily support the global shark fin industry, valued for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup. If you want to help Shark preservation, in addition to boycotting fin soups, visit PEW or Project Aware.
Hope you feel safer in the Oceans J See you soon!