Sunday, 11 May 2014

24 species of sharks that have killed fewer people than Jack Bauer on 24

I've never actually watched an episode of 24, but the above headline caught my eye and I followed it to Southern Fried Science.
After four long years of being cancelled, Fox finally brought back ’24′ this week! Star Kiefer Sutherland plays Jack Bauer, a counter-terrorism agent and general badass. Jack has had to kill in the line of duty many times. In fact, as of this past Monday’s premiere of “24: Live Another Day,” Jack Bauer has killed 273 people. How does this record stack up to a cause of death that so many people fear, death by shark bite?

Here are 24 species of shark that have killed fewer people than Jack Bauer has killed on ’24,’ according to the International Shark Attack File.  All fatalities reference the time period 1580-2013, and encompass the whole world. Only fatalities where the shark species has been identified are included here

1) The great white shark. Though the antagonist in “Jaws” is a great white, this species is responsible for only 78 human fatalities.
Head on over to Southern Fried Science to look over the list.

From that article I headed to the International Shark Attack File, where I learned there have been twenty-three confirmed attacks by wobbegongs, none of them fatal. I found myself wondering if we'll ever see the newspaper headline MAN NIBBLED TO DEATH BY WOBBEGONG. Probably not.

1 comment :

  1. The greatest danger from a wobbegong may be drowning and I note the links there indicate it may be reluctant to let go. My Uncle who was a professional fisherman had a experience with that when a mate standing in the water at night had his foot latched onto by a wobbegong which then headed for deeper water and only let go after a struggle.

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