People are freaking out about the recent outbreak of shark attacks. This recent massive increase in shark attacks has media outlets claiming that a shark is “seeking human targets“, “sharks are hunting humans“, and maybe even developing a taste for human fish. O’ my god grab the children and run for the hills!
Sharks have attacked three surfers in less than a month, two fatally, near the southwestern resort of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.
That’s up from one last year of one. Graphically you can see that there is a 300% increase in attacks.
Thankfully the Mexican Navy has been called on to track down and kill these death wielding beasts.
PLEASE PEOPLE! Although tragic, three attacks and two deaths is not extraordinary that searching for pattern or cause is necessary. You don’t see people freaking out about pigeon related deaths. An increase of one to three is hardly a pattern. In four tosses of a penny this morning I just got 1 head and 3 tails…it happens. The fact that the media is in a frenzy combined with Mexico actually spending money on searching for causes and using sophisticated Naval ships to exterminate the sharks is nothing short of absurd. Let’s get a bit of perspective…
U.S. soldiers who’ve died in Iraq since 2003: 3,909
American soldiers who died in World War II: 405,400 (approx. 100,000 per year)
Military deaths (world total) in World War II: 20 million (approx. 3.3 million per year)
Civilian deaths (world total) in World War II: 30 million (approx. 5 million per year)
Casualties in the Vietnam War (all sides, military and civilian, including later suicides and Khmer Rouge massacres): 9.1 million
Americans killed by guns in the U.S. each year: 30,000
Americans killed by tobacco in the U.S. each year: 418,000
Americans killed after being struck by police Tasers in 2004: 40
Convicts executed in the U.S. in 2006: 53
Convicts executed in China in 2005: 1,770
U.S. murder rate: 5.9 per 100,000
U.S. traffic fatalities each year: 39,000
Traffic fatalities each year (world total): 1.2 million
People killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City: 2,993
People injured/killed by lightning each year in the U.S.: Struck: 700, Killed: 70
Flu deaths in the U.S. each year: 36,000
People killed by the Dec. 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami: Dead: 186,983 Missing: 42,883
Deaths from obesity per year in the USA: 112,000
I will take a shark any day over a Twinkie, lighting strike, the flu, a tsunami, Taser, cigarette, hand gun, war, or a car.