Bad news, guys: sharks have it in for us.
Sharks are nine times more likely to attack men than women, a new study from Australia shows. Scientists discovered that men are targeted in 84 percent of all unprovoked shark attacks, and men make up 89 percent of all fatal shark bite fatalities.
Why? The authors of the study aren’t really sure, but they have a theory.
“Potentially men spend more time in the water, and are more risk-prone,” Daryl McPhee, one of study’s authors, told the Telegraph.
The findings are part of a comprehensive shark study that looked at shark attacks and shark fatalities around the world from 1971 to 2011. Researchers discovered that Australia has the highest number of shark attack fatalities (Watch this video and you’ll understand why). South Africa came in second for overall shark bite fatalities and the U.S. came in third. But, we did get first place in something: America has 769 recorded shark bites, the highest of any nation in the world.
“The United States has by far the highest number of recorded bites but also the lowest percentage of fatalities, at just 3.6 per cent,” McPhee said. He suggested that the smaller size of sharks here in the US might explain the lower fatality rate.
Keep in mind, this data is for unprovoked shark attacks, meaning there’s a whole set of statistics for people that intentionally pissed off sharks. I’m guessing men lead in that category too. Just saying.