I agree, it would be more meaningful if we could compare auto accident deaths
per 100,000 person-driving-hours, with shark attack deaths per
Nonetheless, I do think the statistics I quoted do provide SOME perspective,
and I would be willing
to bet that if a more meaningful statistical analysis were done you'd still
find that driving is FAR, FAR
more dangerous than swimming, surfing, or windsurfing in shark habitated
> >approximate number of deaths per year in US by:
> >Automobile accident: 41,000
> >Bicycle accident: 900
> >Boating accident: 800
> >Tornado: 300
> >Lightning Strike: 100
> >Skydiving accident: 32
> >Train vs. car: 25
> >Snowstorm/blizzard: 11
> >Snow avalanche: 6
> >High school football: 4
> >Shark attack: 1
> >I'm not pulling these out of my hat, I got them all off the web, mostly
> >from government reports. The shark attack statistic I got at
> >Obviously you take a far greater risk just driving to your sailing site
> >than from sharks. And if you were considering buying a knive, club, or
> >shark repllent, you'd be safer going without it than driving to the
> >store to buy it.
> 1. If it is from sharksafe.com then it MUST be true.
> 2. If you are going to quote statistics, you might consider the fact that
> comparing auto accidents to shark attacks is statistically very weak for a
> variety or reasons.
> However, if it makes you feel better in salt water, okay.
> Twen Ty