Wyly Wade

Mean streets of New York or Sharks?

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    • The likelihood of being involved in a shark accident is considerably smaller than winning the top prize in lottery.
    • Between 1959 and 2003 1,857 people were struck and killed by lightening alone in the coastal states of the USA. In the same time frame there were 740 shark accidents, 22 of which were fatal.
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    • Probability of accidents in water sports activities (USA coastal states, 2000)

      Number of water sports activities 264,156,728
      Deaths caused by drowning 74
      Shark accidents 23

      Deaths caused by shark accidents 0
      Drowning 1 case out of 3.5 millionen water sports activities
      Shark accidents 1 case out of 11.5 millionen water sports activities
      Deaths caused by shark accidents 0 out of 264.2 millionen water sports activities

    • Alone in the USA and Canada approximately 40 people are killed each year by pigs – six times more than by sharks worldwide.
    • In Australia the possibility of drowning is 20 times higher than being bitten by a shark.
    • In the USA the probability is 16 times higher of being hit by lightning than being bitten by a shark.
    • Around the world, considerably more people are killed by falling coconuts than are bitten by sharks.
  • Alone in New York people are bitten 10 times more each year by other people than worldwide by sharks.


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