Just how dangerous is the world’s ‘most dangerous’ shark? The bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) has been unlucky enough to win this title for a couple different reasons. For one, they are able to attack in waist deep water. They’re also a double threat, lurking in salt and fresh water.. And with the highest testosterone levels in any animal, you can bet they have those grumpy days!
So it must be safe to assume these sharks are fearsome killers! Haha, wrong.
From 1580-2011 there have only been 139 attacks on humans, 74 being fatal.. In 431 years, ONLY 74 fatal attacks on humans have been recorded from the supposedly MOST dangerous shark in our oceans?
Meanwhile the ILSF claims 1.2 million people die from drowning each year! Documented injuries from lightning are at approximately 300 each year.. Compared to 139 documented attacks from the so called ‘most dangerous’ shark in over 400 years.
Now let’s choose something cute and harmless looking to just top this statistical train wreck. The deer is often considered a harmless beauty, but they’re actually the most deadly animal in the United States, with an average of 130 people loosing their lives to accidents involving them. It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? That a predator with over 400 million years of adaptation, thought to be thirsty for human blood by most of society, causes less damage than a multitude of things, including tiny mosquitoes which take over a million lives annually.
So why does this matter? Well, a variety of places have been debating whether to cull their sharks or not, even though they’re highly in danger of going extinct. Right now, France is paying off fishermen to ‘take care’ of their nuisances due to a little spike in attacks.. Even though it’s to be expected, with the number of people in the waters having doubled over the years. So how can you make a change? Email them! Petition! Show your disgust! These animals have received such a bad reputation for doing what they were born to do; hunt! Don’t you think it’s unfair to take away their home for our selfish needs?
UPDATE: Feedback from conservationists and shark lovers alike has caused Reunion Island to back down.