The recent deadly shark attack at Newcomb Hollow Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the first fatal attack in more than 80 years on the Cape, which claimed the life of Arthur Medici, 26, has left many wondering how likely the chances of being attacked by a shark are.
Now, Casino.org, the world’s leading casino guide, has developed a site that allows you to see what your odds are of being attacked depending on the state or country you live in. For Connecticut residents, for example, the odds are one in 119,600,000. In Florida, however, your chances increase to one in 2,534,300. In terms of geographical location, the US has most shark attacks each year, almost twice as many as Australia, and nationally, Florida has the most attacks followed by South Carolina, Hawaii, and California.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, "The yearly average of unprovoked shark attacks on humans is 80, resulting in about 6 deaths. These worldwide numbers are small given the millions of humans that enter the water. You have a better chance of dying from a bee sting, a dog or snake bite, or lightning than from a shark attack."
For some perspective, though, 73 people died from taking a selfie in 2016, compared with 4 people who were killed by sharks, so your odds are pretty good that you will come back from swimming in the ocean unscathed. Shark attacks have also decreased drastically in the past 100 years. In 1916, four people were killed in just two weeks by sharks along the Jersey Shore. Then in July 1945, when the American warship, the USS Indianapolis, was split in two by Japanese torpedoes, more than 900 men were left stranded in shark-infested waters in the Pacific Ocean. Four days later, when rescuers arrived they discovered that 579 of the men had been killed by sharks.
This year, the World Surf League was forced to interrupt the 2018 surfing competition after two separate shark attacks took place. The sharks were attracted to Main Break, Western Australia due to an increase in beached whales. Organizers feared they would mistake surfers for food and called off the event.
It’s worth noting that out of the 460 species of shark, only 30 have actually attacked humans. Also, we are a bigger threat to sharks than they are to us. Each year, more than 100 million sharks are killed by humans.
The Florida Museum of Natural History has several recommendations for avoiding shark attacks, such as always swimming in a group since sharks most often attack those swimming alone. It is also important to not go too far from the shore, in case you need assistance, and to avoid swimming night, dawn, or dusk since sharks are most active at these times. In addition, don’t go swimming if you are bleeding, wearing shiny jewelry or brightly colored clothing. Finally, refrain from making erratic movements or splashing a lot.
If you’re wondering what your odds are of being attacked by a shark, visit casino.org for more information. If any odds worry you, you can also move to Wyoming or Wisconsin. Your odds of being bitten by a shark there decrease to zero.