Sharks are back in the news. And in case you haven’t noticed, sharks only make the news when they bite people. You’ll never see an article about a shark that was named valedictorian or a shark that invented a longer-lasting light bulb.

Why? Because violence sells, and the media is biased against sharks.

To prove this point, Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post created a revealing infographic. It visualizes data on fatalities directly caused by animals in the United States from 2001 and 2013. If you’re worried about getting murdered by mother nature, clearly sharks should not be your biggest fear.

Via The Washington Post.

Via The Washington Post.

I always knew cows were bad news.


Via ‘The Simpsons’

That said, I suppose humans kill a lot more cows than cows kill humans.

But when it comes to bees, wasps, and hornets, my moral relativism disappears. They kill an average of 58 humans per year. From now on, I’ll carry a concealed can of Raid on me at all times.

The Post goes on to share a very extensive graphic representation of 2010 car accidents, just to put the animal menace in perspective (To see it, click here and scroll up). But until cars have cool fins and scary teeth, no one’s going to care.

Via Flickr user Kristina D.C. Hoeppner.

Via Flickr user Kristina D.C. Hoeppner.

It’s a start.

(Source: The Washington Post)

Jason Mathews is Internetting way too hard. Follow him at @jasonmathews316.