Tommy & Jen Debunk Kelly’s Sudden Fear of Sharks

Kelly Collis decided to give up her favorite sport, paddle boarding, because she’s terrified of sharks.  The rest of The Tommy Show thinks she is ridiculous because the chances of a shark attack is pretty small.  Jen’s from San Diego and grew up in the water and she’s still here to tell the tale.  (Word of advice, don’t swim near seals – sharks love seals.)

We wanted to debunk Kelly’s fear so much, we researched an array of things she’s more willing to get hurt from first.

For example, you’re more likely to get injured by a room freshener than a shark.

Here is what National Geographic told us.

• In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
• You have a one in 63 chance of dying from the flu and a one in 3,700,000 chance of being killed by a shark.
• You have a one in 218 chance of dying from a fall and a one in 3.7 million chance of being killed by a shark.
• 1n 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
In 1996, room fresheners injured 2,600 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
• The U.S. averages 19 shark attacks a year. Lightning kills about 41 people a year in coastal states alone.
Since 1959, Florida has had nine shark attack fatalities. Lightning fatalities = 459.
• Since 1959, California has had more shark attacks (89) than lightning fatalities (30).
• Since 1959, California has had more shark attacks (89) than lightning fatalities (30).
• For every human killed by a shark, humans kill two million sharks.
• Anyone who has swum in New Smyrna Beach, Florida (shark capital of the world) has likely been within 10 feet of a shark.
• Some sharks can live for a year without eating, surviving on the oil stored in their livers.

Do you have any sudden fears that made you give up something you love?

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