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Cows Kill More People Than Sharks

You've seen "Jaws." You know sharks can be deadly. But in reality, they don't kill very many people each year.

There are approximately five deaths caused by sharks annually, while horses kill about 20 people a year and cows kill about 22. Crocodiles gobble up 1,000 people a year. By spreading malaria, mosquitos kill hundreds of thousands more people than sharks do every year. Deer also cause hundreds of deaths, mostly by running out in front of cars.

Now that you know not to fear sharks, celebrate your knowledge with this very silly LL Cool J song about sharks.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. For every human killed by a shark, about 25 million sharks are killed by humans. 00:23

  2. These surprising items and actions kill more people every year than sharks do: 01:12

  3. The malaria-carrying mosquito kills almost a million people each year. 01:51

Written by Curiosity Staff August 8, 2017

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