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10 things more likely to kill you than a shark

In our own Philippines, 20 to 40 people lose their lives every year from box jellyfish stings, which can cause severe anaphylaxis. 

Mosquitoes

Asian Tiger Mosquito.

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia

Far tiinier than sharks, mosquitoes are responsible for more fatalities every year than even the largest shark. "Though they’re small, the parasitic protozoans they sometimes carry cause malaria in humans, which kills hundreds of thousands of people every year predominantly in Africa," according to a release from Discovery Channel. 

Hot dogs

Relish dog.

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia

Hot dogs? Hot dogs. A 2014 story from the Washington Post says that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "more than 10,000 children under 14 go to the emergency room each year after choking on food, and as many as 77 have died." Hot dogs also make up about 17% of choking-related cases, according to Discovery Channel. 

Icicles 

icicles facing down.

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia

In Russia, dozens are reportedly killed by falling icicles yearly. 

Bees

Honey bee eating nectar.

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia

Bees are the cause of death of about 50 in the US every year, mostly killing people with allergic reactions to bee stings. 

Deer

Majestic white-tailed buck filled with confidence.

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel Southeast Asia

Yep, deer actually do cause deaths, related to vehicular accidents in particular, killing an average of 130 people per year in the US. 

The spotlight is squarely on sharks this week as another shark-themed movie hits screens: in The Shallows, Blake Lively is a surfer who's injured by a shark just a short distance away from the shore. But the reality is that sharks cause far fewer deaths than the items we've named above. According to the International Shark Attack File's 2015 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary, there were just 6 fatalities and 98 unprovoked attacks recorded last year. 

For more on sharks and their impact on the environment and on the world, check out Shark Week on Discovery Channel Southeast Asia for more. – Rappler.com