If films and myths have taught us one thing it’s that sharks are deadly. Their razor-sharp teeth and sleek shape strike fear into our hearts, and the merest hint of a fin in the water can panic even the most rugged of outdoor explorers. But, in reality sharks are no menace to beach-goers, with the chances of being attacked by one of the sea-based animals one in 11.5 million – and the likelihood of actually being killed even slimmer at one in 264 million.
In fact, you are more at risk of death when crossing the road to get your morning paper than you are of being mauled by a shark. However, it is still a wise idea to research before your trip to make sure you are clear on what threats are around for travel accident compensation reasons.
There are many more deadly animals on the planet that are far more life threatening that our sharp-toothed friends, and some you wouldn’t really expect!
What five animals are more likely to result in travel accidents and death than sharks?
- Hippos – The big lovable beasts may appear to be gentle souls, but they are actually deadly. The roly-poly, water-dwelling creatures kill around 2,900 people each year in Africa, making them far more of a menace than any shark and one to watch out for to avoid holiday mishaps.
- Deer – The elegant creatures of the forest evoke images of films such as Bambi, but they actually cause more deaths than the protagonist of Jaws. Annually, 130 people in America are killed due to collisions with deer, and even more lives are claimed around the rest of the world.
- Horses – Our equine friends may seem fairly mundane, but they can prove to be fatal. The real dangers with horses are trampling and being thrown from the saddle, both of which can result in serious injury and death.
- Dogs – The domestic dog can actually be a lethal prospect. The growing notoriety of ‘attack dogs’ has seen extensive research focused upon their dangers, which has revealed that they are considerably more dangerous than sharks. Whether it be overly aggressive breeds or infected animals, the humble dog is actually something to beware of.
- Mosquitos – Perhaps the most deadly animal there is, the minute mosquito. These little blighters are known for carrying a range of diseases, but malaria is their most deadly weapon. Most incidents of mosquito-related fatalities are recorded in Africa, so be sure to get your injections before jetting off for a tropical holiday to avoid accidents!
Although statistically sharks are not the most deadly animal on the planet they are still worth avoiding!