Aren’t you afraid of sharks? How many times has some one asked you that question once they find out you surf.
I always like to give the canned response as:
“I like being put back in the food chain
This is usually met with a chort or chuckle of some sort, when I reiterate that I’m dead serious a sort of nervous glance is directed in my general direction. I’m actually not dead serious, who wants to get eaten by a shark? But if you think about all the times you have been in the water , how many times have you’ve actually seen a shark? Chances Are Not Many Times.
I can count on one hand how many “close calls” I have had. That’s not to say sharks aren’t around, they are. I’m sure plenty of big fish have swam around the lineup unbeknownst to the crew.
EVEN though surfers are in the water much more than your everyday punter cruising the streets, it’s just an actuality that we as surfers are more likely to get killed by some pretty ordinary animals than we are by MAN EATING SHARKS.
Here is a list of 5 animals you will have a better chance of being killed by than a Shark:
This man killer will get YOU with a swift kick to the head, over 20 people die each year from a result of cows.
Horses, yup horses, I guess its not to surprising that people are being offed by this creature, how many gals get on the back of horse and ride around in a circle or how many guys get on top of them and jab’em with a spur and hang on for 8 secs or however long rodeos make you hang on for. Something along the lines of over 20 guys and gals are sent to their maker each year buy this deadly man killer.
I’m a dog person, but people are getting seriously chewed up by this houshold pet, to the tune of 32 fatal dog attacks in 2013 alone.
Bees, Wasps and Hornets are everywhere, I always remember the urban legend about the africanized bees coming to the u.s. and how were all gonna die- or was that not an urban legend, are they here yet? I know that Bees are being killed by pesticides in record numbers but that’s for another list. Over 50 people die from allergic reactions to stings each year in the U.S. alone.
We are very good at killing each other and in all sorts of creative manners. We are definitely more likely to die from one another than a shark taking a bite out of us.
In reality Sharks should put us on their own list, right at the NUMBER 1 THREAT to their survival. We kill millions upon millions of sharks each year.
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