Unusual Ways to Die: Shark Attacks

Shark attacks are an unusual way to die, but not entirely impossible. According to the University of Florida, there were thirty shark attacks in the United States in 2010, only two of which resulted in fatalities. The five most dangerous sharks to humans are the great white shark, tiger shark, bull shark, requiem shark, and the sand tiger shark. We often think of term life insurance coverage as a safety net for common causes of death but these unusual ways to die make life insurance all the more necessary. Shop for coverage now with our free comparison tool below.

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UPDATED: Jul 19, 2021

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As authors of a term life insurance blog, we write a lot about life and protecting your family in the event of your untimely death. We know it’s not the most captivating subject material and probably not the preferred read for many people. As far as term life insurance blogs go, we’re proud of ours and think it’s the best around.

To add something new to our blog and to share some interesting facts with you, we’ve decided to begin a weekly series of posts about unusual ways that people die.

Shark Attacks

There’s something about murky ocean waters that makes most people uneasy. Perhaps we’re not so much afraid of the turbid water, but what is possibly lurking within it. Until there’s an app that can show the precise location of all sharks, jellyfish and other creatures in the ocean, surfers, and other beach goers will just have to hope for the best.

According to The Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, there were 30 shark attacks in the United States in 2010. Of those 30 attacks, only two resulted in fatalities. The fatal attacks occurred in California and Florida. The total number of shark attacks worldwide last year was 79, with only six deaths. You can see more statistics for shark attacks here: http://bit.ly/2lrwya.

While death by shark attack is extremely rare, it’s still a big fear of many people, thanks to movies like Jaws and, more recently, Open Water. In real life, the five most dangerous sharks to humans according to All About Wildlife are:

1.  Great White Shark

2.  Tiger Shark

3.  Bull Shark

4.  Requiem Shark

5.  Sand Tiger Shark

If you like to surf and swim in the ocean, consider staying away from these beaches. They are considered North America’s top shark attack beaches by Yahoo! Travel.

1.  New Smyrna Beach, FL – The shark attack capital of the world!

2.  North Shore, Oahu, HI – Home to swarms of tiger sharks.

3.  Long Beach Island, NJ – The source of the 1974 novel and 1975 film ‘Jaws.’

4.  Stinson Beach, CA – Great whites congregate here to feed on seals.

5.  Beaches of Brevard County, FL – 90 shark confrontations in 100 years … enough said.

We hope your summer trips to the beach are shark-free! Have you ever seen a shark while at the beach?

Surf’s up, dude!

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