Wednesday, July 24, 2024

What Are You More Likely to Die From: A Shark or A Coconut?


The folks at have just revamped and updated their interactive Shark Attack Statistics webpage.

According to David Angotti, founder of

“What started out as a fun research project quickly became a passion project! During our research, we learned that in a typical year less than ten humans are killed by sharks. Contrast that with the astronomical figure of 100 million sharks killed by humans. We believe that this educational shark attack statistics interactive will help the general public realize that shark attacks are incredibly rare and normally survivable. Based on the data, we should not fear the sharks – rather, we should protect them.”

Angotti noted that if you look at the aggregated data, it’s quickly apparent that the chances of being attacked by a shark are nearly zero:

“For people that live in the United States, you are approximately 50 times more likely to die by a lightning strike and ten times more likely to die by a firework accident compared to a shark attack.”

Check out the interactive shark attack map, statistics and survival guides here.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.