SHARK WEEK IS ONCE AGAIN UPON US, AND WITH IT, a string of 8 shark attacks off the coast of North Carolina. That number is uncharacteristically high for that region — the most in over 80 years — and has understandably been met with a lot of concern by the public.
The proper response, however, is not to panic about your trip to the beach. Dying as a result of a shark attack is still astoundingly rare: your chance as an American of dying in a shark attack is around 1 in 3.7 million. You were far more likely to die this past weekend in a firework accident (1 in 340,773), or by being struck by lightning (1 in 79,746).