NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Picture this: You're at the beach swimming with some friends, having a good time, when suddenly you're overcome with an intense feeling of dread. You start to get nervous and you can feel your heart beating a mile a minute.
Then you start to hear it, that intense music reminiscent of a 1975 horror film, the soundtrack of your own subconscious warning you that there is danger afoot. The music gets louder, your heart beats faster, and you find yourself searching the horizon for the impending danger, when suddenly...
Absolutely nothing happens.
The reason you haven't been turned into a Sunday snack for a shark is that the chances of being killed by a shark in your lifetime are 1 in 3.7 million. Despite our intense fear of sharks, an average of only 5 deaths each year are caused by sharks, according to National Geographic.
There are far more ridiculous things out there that average a greater number of deaths each year than shark attacks.
The following is a list of 10 things humans have a greater chance of being killed by than a shark attack:
In Africa it is estimated that an average of 2,900 people are killed by hippos each year.
While many of us might draw the conclusion that these water dwelling mammals are gentle giants, the fact is that a hippo attack can be more vicious than a shark attack. These animals have been seen in the wild killing and eating crocodiles.
Their deadly incisors can grow up to 20 inches long, according to livescience.com, perfect for tearing apart flesh.