Sharks fascinate us. They are scary-looking killing machines. That's why each year our TV cries out SHARK WEEK and the ratings shoot high as people watch those monsters with fascination. Are you afraid to go into the water?

But wait, Wyoming is far from the ocean and yet, as it turns out, you are far more likely to DIE by being killed by some animal than eaten by a shark if you are in the ocean.

Let's look at the numbers, shall we?

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On average, 130 people a year are killed by deer. Yes, cute, adorable deer.

On average, 20 people a year are killed by horses.

On average, 22 people a year are killed by cows. What caught me by surprise here is that more people are killed by cows than horses. Who knew?

Yet only  5 people a year are killed by sharks. More people than that are killed by jellyfish. 40 people by the evil jelly monster compared to the shark.

Back on land 30 people a year are killed by ants. Yes, ants.

Don't worry too much about mountain lions. A total of 125 attacks, 27 of which are fatal,[1] have been documented in North America in the past 100 years. Fatal cougar attacks are extremely rare and occur much less frequently than fatal snake bites, fatal lightning strikes, or fatal bee stings.[2][3][4] Children are particularly vulnerable. The majority of the child victims listed here were not accompanied by adults. (WIKIPEDIA).

I shudder to think how many people have died after saying "HOLD MY BEER!"

Anyway, you are safer in the ocean. Go swimming.

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