Do Sharks Hunt Humans?


When most people think of sharks they think of a vicious ocean predator that lives to kill, as depicted in many movies. However, this is not usually the case. Most times, humans do more harm to sharks than the sharks do to humans. Though this sea animal can look terrifying, they are truly misunderstood.

In many movies sharks are like monsters: they kill humans, attack everything, and look big and scary. Of the hundreds of different shark species around the world, only three have been most responsible for attacks on humans. They are the great white shark, the bull shark, and the tiger shark. states, “These three species are dangerous largely because of their size and tremendous bite power.” Though these three species can be threatening, they still prefer to eat other marine life such as fish, turtles, seals, sea lions, and more. This ocean diet however, does not consist of humans. explains, “Sharks have been known to attack humans when they are confused or curious. If a shark sees a human splashing in the water, it may try to investigate, leading to an accidental attack.” Similarly, when someone sits or lays on a surfboard with their arms and legs out in the water a shark might think it’s some sort of seal or turtle. Sharks don’t want to eat humans, but as they say, curiosity killed the cat, or in this case, a shark’s curiosity killed the human.

Statistically, humans kill more sharks a year than sharks do them. Only about 16 times a year do sharks “attack” humans in the United States. There is an estimated one fatality every two years. Humans in the United States though, kill about 100 million sharks each year. Despite this, people still have the audacity to say that sharks are the vicious ones. They claim that sharks should be the most terrifying creatures ever. As a matter of fact, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths a year than sharks, killing about 725,000 people. If there’s anything to be afraid of, it might be mosquitoes rather than sharks. Mabey cite something

Overall, sharks aren’t as bad as mosquitoes, a lot of other sea animals, and most humans. They can be dangerous, but are extremely misunderstood. Before you say you don’t like sharks, think about how many other brutal creatures there are out there that are even more likely to kill someone.

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  1. This is the best sentence ever: “Despite this, people still have the audacity to say that sharks are the vicious ones.” I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, great writing. Although, I think you guys missed a spot at the end of the third paragraph.


  2. This is an extremely informative article, so informative that it has changed the way I see sharks. It’s very interesting to learn that sharks attack humans usually out of curiosity. I can picture that now… A shark just moseying along in the water, minding their own business, just thinking shark thoughts. Then he/she catches sight of a pair of legs or arms and they approach to check it out, think it might taste good and take a bite. There’s not any vicious intent on the sharks part and this is something that I haven’t thought about. Thanks for sharing!


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