Sharks at the Beach

A scuba diver feeding a shark.

Over the years, sharks have gotten a bad rap as bloodthirsty man-eaters. We challenge you to take a second look at these magnificent creatures and to fight fear with facts.

  • World wide there are only 70 shark attacks per year.
  • You have a 1 in 63 chance of dying from the flu and a 1 in 11.5 million chance of being killed by a shark during your lifetime.
  • Over 17,000 people die from falls each year. That’s a 1 in 218 chance over your lifetime, compared to a 1 in 11 million chance of being killed by a shark.
  • In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans a year. Sharks injured 13.
  • In 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
  • In 1996, 2,600 Americans were injured by room fresheners. Sharks injured 13.
  • The U.S. averages just 19 shark attacks each year and one shark attack fatality every two years. Meanwhile, in the coastal states alone, lightning strikes and kills more than 37 people each year
  • Only five people die from shark attacks yearly, while millions of people die from starvation.
  • For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.
  • Do not swim with open wounds, sharks can smell blood.
  • Stay in groups attacks are more likely to happen to individuals.

Next time before you panic just remember these facts and that we are sharing their home. While on Tybee’s beaches if Ocean Rescue raises the purple flag GET OUT OF THE WATER! 

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And just incase it needs to be explained the main photo is not Tybee. We just liked the high fiving shark!

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