Shark Week isn’t so Scary When Compared to Mosquitoes

July 8, 2015
shark_week• There are more than 500 species of sharks swimming in the oceans around the world.

• The great white shark can eat 11 tons of food in one year.

• Some sharks can produce more than 20,000 teeth in their lifetimes.

With facts like these, it’s easy to see how sharks can get a whole week celebrating their existence on this planet. Plus, with the recent shark attacks off North Carolina and South Carolina coasts, more people are aware of the dangers of sharks. But do sharks live up to the hype of being one of the most deadly creatures on earth?

Bill Gates says no. Other sources seem to agree.

To many people’s surprise, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths compared to sharks.

Just how much more? Check out the infographic below:



Based on the infographic, the recent reports of multiple shark attacks may be a bit overblown. The trophy of most dangerous creature goes to the mosquito.

There are more than 2,500 species of mosquitoes and they are found on every continent in the world, except for Antarctica. Thankfully, not every species is dangerous to human life. In Los Angeles County, we have to worry about a handful of mosquitoes that thrive in our urban environments. A few of the species actually do not belong here and pose a danger to public health. Read more about the invasive mosquitoes.

With close to 1 million deaths a year as a result of mosquitoes, maybe it’s time we have a Mosquito Week TV program, in addition to Shark Week, to show how much mosquitoes impact our lives.

by Levy Sun, Public Information Officer