After local sightings over the past few weeks of juvenile great white sharks along our coastal waters, the ELA wanted to shed some light on the subject.
It is a big ocean and they are out there. Have a great day!...
But seriously, Without disrespecting the victims and families of shark attacks, the world witnessed a marked drop in shark incidents around the world with four fatalities worldwide, the United States having the most shark attacks on humans in 2018 with 32 confirmed cases and 1 fatality. This is markedly lower than the 53 attacks recorded the year prior.
However, sightings have increased presumably because of a healthier ocean environment and the recreational water enthusiasts gaining a better understanding and description of sharks from media outlets and the resident experts of our coastline - the lifeguards and marine safety services who educate and protect.
Respect of any and all things in the ocean, including the water itself, is a healthy thing to have. But should we really fear being attacked and killed by a shark when the odds are 1 in 3,748,067, especially when the odds of drowning are 1 in 1,134?
To assist with improving your outlook, simply observe the courage and lively enthusiasm of some of the more well-known victims of attacks including our local resident Keane Hayes and Hawaii's Bethany Hamilton. And,if they can't inspire you, there are plenty of other things we encounter in our daily lives which we should fear far more than the “man in the gray suit.”
1. Traffic Intersections- Traffic lighted intersections are responsible for 2,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. (Okay, not the lights, but the drivers running them…)
2. Falling Coconuts cause approximately 150 deaths annually. (Just buy the water in the soft-sided box and you should be okay…)
3. Malaria-carrying Mosquitos kill about 800,000 people every year.
4. The Sport of Football claims an average of 12 lives annually.
5. Champagne Corks kill just shy of 24 people each year. We don't know about Sparkling wine...
6. Tripping at Home takes more than 6,000 every year. We won’t fall for that one…
7. Eating, or rather choking, is the cause of 3,000 death annually. Kind of takes your breath away, doesn’t it?
8. Raw Meat, when consumed, either uncooked or contaminated takes 5,000 U.S. citizens every year.
9. Cows, although not seen in our coastal waters, cause 20 deaths per year in the United States through blunt-force trauma accidents. “Got Milk?”
10. Wind and wind related incidents took the lives of more than 70 people in the U.S. last year. And no, that number doesn't account for those lost in the movie "Sharknado."
11. Bee stings kick the honey bucket of approximately 100 people every year.
12. Horses kill about 20 people annually in the U.S. alone.
13. Cold exposure kills more than 600 every year in just the United States.
14. Ladders kill more than 355 people in the U.S. (That’s just counting those who fell off and not those who walked under…
15. Hot Tap Water claims 100 lives.
16. Ants can kill up to 50 people every year on average.
17. Dogs account for 30 U.S. deaths each year.
18. Falling Icicles point 15 people in the U.S. toward death annually (We get the point; death humor is not for everyone.)
19. Autoerotic Asphyxiation claims more than 1,000 lives. That just needs to stop…
20. Hippos kill 2,900 people around the world each year.
21. Being Left-Handed puts you at being one of 2,500 lefties who attempted to use products designed for the right-handed people of society. And get this, left-handed people are 5 times more likely to die in accidents than the rest of us…
22. Lightning takes 24,000 lives worldwide each year.
23. Falling Vending Machines takean average of 37 lives every decade, or 2.1 people annually of those just trying to get a snack (Beats choking to death we guess???).
24. Jellyfish take the lives of up to 40 people every year.
25. Beds, or falling out of the them, kill more than 450 people in the U.S. each year. What a nightmare…
For more great info on sharks, please visit the Ca State University, Long Beach SharkLab at https://www.csulb.edu/shark-lab