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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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4:22AM PDT on Aug 25, 2015

I agree with Monika. humans top the list. How many animals do we kill a year?? Seems like the animals should be allowed a few more to even the odds.....

2:31PM PDT on Aug 18, 2015

Yes, humans.....

12:33PM PDT on Aug 10, 2015

Ladies and Gentleman !!!!
Of the top ten deadliest creatures :
the winner iiiissss - a human !!!

6:17AM PDT on Jul 26, 2015

Japanese/Asian Hornets are the worst much more Agressive than honey bess also Africanized bees are more fierce than normal bees i added a beautiful clip[ of 2 brothers saving a beautiful giant of the oceans a hammerhead shark https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=29&v=Qm_p4Dg64HY

7:32PM PDT on Jul 16, 2015

Those people killed by dogs were dogs who had the misfortune of having a bad, cruel irresponsible or otherwise disreputable owner.

2:20PM PDT on Jul 2, 2015

noted, thanks, very interesting, I knew hippos are dangerous, but 2900 per year??? wow!

3:19AM PDT on Jun 14, 2015

It also boils down to how we interact with them...

7:34AM PDT on Jun 8, 2015

Oh my.

9:12PM PDT on Jun 6, 2015

Great article, thank you for sharing.

9:09PM PDT on Jun 4, 2015

Yes how many animals are killed by humans??? I don't like snakes, if I see on I run like hell and then check my pants after, hahahaha Had one once, wrapped around my gumboots when I walked through a swamp to cool my feet off, when we were separating the sheep, was up the top of the hill in 2 seconds, my uncle said what was wrong, told him what happened, he got a long stick but we couldn't find it, scared the sh.tter out of me.

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