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When the movie Jaws first came out in the late 70’s, it made people afraid to go into the water for years. Afraid that they’ll be eaten by a great white shark. But is there really anything to be worried about? Heck, more people die each year by choking on a chicken wing. But just to be sure, let’s take a look at the most dangerous sharks in the world, seeing which one’s you’ll want to stay in the shallow end because, or, which one’s that make it best to just stay home…
The lemon shark can grow to about 8 feet long, and is easily provoked. It attacks roughly 22 people a year, but thankfully, none of them are fatal.
Reaching close to 10 feet in length, the blue shark attacks about 32 people a year, killing 3 on average. You’ll know if a blue shark is about to attack because he’ll stalk you, slowly swimming around you for 15 minutes first.
When your head is shaped like a hammer, you know you ought to beware. This dangerous looking shark can reach up to 18 feet fully grown, and attacks over 33 people a year – many of which are life threatening, or fatal.
Sand Tiger Shark
The Sand Tiger shark is as ugly as he is mean. They go through roughly 5,000 teeth in their lifetime because they either out grow them, or lose them in attacks – of which they do about 64 times a year on humans, killing 2 on average.
Getting its name because it’s found in the tropics in the shallow waters of the reef, it’s because of those shallow depths that reef shark is known severely injuring approximately 8 people a year.
The Mako shark is the fastest shark in the ocean, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. It grows to about 13 feet, and attacks 42 people a year, killing 3.
White Tip Shark
There’s not much to fear about the white tip shark, unless you find yourself shipwrecked deep out to sea, because this is where he lives. The white tip’s home is the oceanic desert, where food is scarce. So if you happen to find yourself shipwrecked there, he won’t just bite you – he’ll eat you.
The second largest shark, growing to 20 feet in size, the Tiger shark is as vicious as its name suggests. It attacks over 116 people a year, killing over 30 of them.
Great White Shark
This is the shark ‘Jaws’ was cast on as great white is one of the biggest – and most dangerous sharks in the world – growing to over 25 feet in length. That’s the size of many boats. Speaking of which, don’t think because you’re in one you’re safe, because the great white has been known to jump out of the water to catch its prey. It attacks 348 people a year, killing 67.
Now here’s one mean, ugly looking shark. The bull shark only grows to about 14 feet, but it kills approximately 82 people a year. What makes this shark the most dangerous is that unlike the others, this shark can live in freshwaters, giving it access to more people it can attack.