Sharks strike fear into the hearts of many.That’s even though the odds of being attacked by a shark are actually incredibly low. “More people are killed by things like flowerpots, lawn mowers, toaster ovens, deer, cows, and dogs each year. More people are bitten by other people than by sharks,” marine biologist and shark advocate David Shiffman told Smithsonian.
Still, sharks are hardly cuddly friends.
The Florida Museum of Natural History compiled a list of the shark species that have attacked humans the most, according to records that date back to 1580. A lot of attacks go unreported, they caution, and it’s difficult for victims to calmly observe and identify a shark that is in the middle of attacking them.
With those caveats in mind, we’ve put together a slideshow of the 14 most dangerous sharks on their list. Sharks might have more to fear from you than vice-versa, but still — you probably don’t want to encounter any one of these guys in the middle of the ocean.