Each year sharks attack 50 to 70 people worldwide, killing 5 to 15 of them. That's bad news for the poor souls who get bitten, but for the rest of us, it means death by Jaws is extremely unlikely. Compare the 300,000 fatalities that result annually from automobile accidents, and the whopping 3.5 million from smoking-related illnesses. Yet the rare violence caused by razor-toothed fish has for 20 years inspired Discovery Channel's Shark Week, the network's highest-rated regular programming event—a marathon of mayhem whose offerings have included Great White! Parts One and Two, Sharks of the Red Triangle, Great Shark Hunt, Anatomy of a Shark Bite, Shark Attack Survivors, Perfect Shark and Air Jaws: Sharks of South Africa, which included never-before-aired footage of great whites jumping from the water like Flipper.
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