We get it—every time you wade out into the ocean’s depths, you can’t help but hear the Jaws theme song playing ominously in your head.
But it’s because of films like Jaws and the media attention given to the handful of shark attacks that occur each year that sharks have been misconstrued as such dangerous predators. When you look at the numbers, it’s obvious that sharks are the ones who should be making horror films about us.
In 2018, humans killed approximately 100 million sharks worldwide.
That’s 11,415 sharks killed per hour.
Comparatively, sharks killed a total of just five humans that same year.
For even more proof that these animals’ bad rap is undeserved, check out the many things that are more likely to kill you than a shark:
- The flu
- Heart disease
- A ladder
- A lawnmower
- A rip current
- A stroke
- Sun or heat exposure
- A tornado
- A train crash
- A sand hole collapse
According to National Geographic, you have a one in 218 chance of dying from a fall but a one in 3.7 million chance of being killed by a shark. You’re also more likely to be injured by home improvement tools than by a shark, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The deadliest jaws to sharks and other animals are our own—but they don’t need to be. Unlike humans, sharks are natural carnivores.