“Jaws”, “Sharknado”, “The Shallows”, “Deep Blue Sea”, … With the large number of shark movies released these past years, many of which became classics in the industry, sharks started getting quite the reputation from viewers around the globe. But are they really the most dangerous animals out there? According to the statistics, many other deadly animals seem to deserve their own high-budget Hollywood movies, for the higher number of deaths they cause, compared to these apex predators.
Facts About “Deadly” Sharks
Yearly deaths caused: 6
With more than 450 species of sharks and only an average of 6 deaths related to them in the world, we were kinda taken aback. Only 1 of these attacks is in the U.S., nothing more than that for this so-called deadly animal. Puts all those movies into perspective, right? The statistical risk of us running into a herd of sharks and running into a herd of cows weighs in the latter’s side, so let us reconsider our fears.
Now let’s move to the real deadly animals, some of which you might not be suspecting exist!
Yearly deaths caused: 8
Few fish are cuter than a fully expanded, pufferfish but don’t be fooled. The pufferfish is the second most poisonous vertebrate on the planet. Fishermen recommend the use of thick gloves to avoid poisoning and the risk of getting bitten when removing the hook.
The poison of a pufferfish, which has no antidote, kills by paralyzing the diaphragm, causing suffocation.