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11 Animals More Likely To Kill You Than Sharks

11 Animals More Likely To Kill You Than Sharks

Sharks are kinda scary. In the water they’re faster than us, can appear from what seems like out of nowhere in an instant, and pack a pretty solid bite. It’s easy to get nervous when you’re in the dark ocean and unsure of who is swimming by with a toothy grin. But sharks aren’t the animals you should be most afraid of. Here are some that are much more likely to cause your demise.

(Bottom line: we love animals, but they all deserve their respect—and sometimes distance!)

Mosquitoes

655,000 people killed each year, primarily in Africa, through the little buggers spreading malaria left and right.

Hippos

2,900 people are killed by these mammals annually in Africa. That roly-poly exterior is just to lure you in.

 

Deer

130 people killed across the US by deer, almost exclusively because they hit them with their cars. That saying “a deer in the headlights” came about for a reason.

Bees

53 people die each year in the US because of an allergic reaction from being stung.

 

Dogs

30-35 people are killed each year in the US. Fido isn’t always your best friend.

Ants

20-50 people are killed each year in Africa from ants. They may be small but dozens, hundreds, or even thousands stinging you really adds up.

 

Jellyfish

20-40 people per year die in the Philippines alone, from the anaphylaxis caused by the stings.

Cows

22 people are killed in the US every year from these seemingly docile creatures. They’re fun to pet, but getting kicked in the head… not as fun.

 

Horses

20 people die each year thanks to our equine friends.

Spiders

6.5 people die in the US every year from spider bites.

 

Rattlesnakes

5.5 people die from rattlesnake bites each year in the US, which isn’t a whole lot considering how common they are in popular hiking and camping areas.

Sharks

>1 person is killed each year in the US and fewer than 6 worldwide are killed by sharks. From 2006 to 2010, there were just three fatalities from shark attacks in the US.

Granted if you’re swimming with bull sharks, you’re more likely to die by shark attack at that moment than a cow. But most of us aren’t in the water with sharks as often as we find ourselves next to a cow on a visit to a farm, or at a petting zoo. And we certainly are around bees and ants a whole lot more often than sharks. But if you find yourself swimming in the ocean — or even some rivers — you’re probably nearer to sharks than you realize. With millions upon millions of beach-goers and surfers taking to the water every day, only a small handful are ever bitten or killed by sharks. So if you find yourself harboring feelings of fear or even hatred of sharks, you might want to take a step back and gain a little perspective. They aren’t nearly as deadly as you might think.

By Jaymi Heimbuch, TreeHugger

 

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5:43PM PST on Dec 26, 2014

I know an animal more dangerous and lethal: human. Haha...

3:24PM PST on Dec 20, 2014

Would never have thought of so many animals & insects more likely to kill you than sharks.

4:09PM PST on Dec 3, 2014

When its your time, there is something there waiting for you

10:54AM PST on Nov 26, 2014

What a difference, humans just kill for fun.

3:34PM PST on Nov 17, 2014

very interesting

4:15PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Noted

7:44AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

thanks for sharing interesting article

4:31PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

i'm surprised about the deer though, i would have thought them hitting a car would be more dangerous to themselves not to humans

very interesting!!

3:34PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Very interesting..thank goodness we don't have too many of these creatures in the Northeast, although as most people know we do have cows, horses etc.
Thank you for sharing this article.

5:33AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Puts things in perspective!

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