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.2 tiger shark bites on humans per year. 1038 human bites on humans per year in New York alone http://virg.in/mdas 

With Shark Week coming up and summer vacations at the beach about to kick in, we'll be seeing a lot of fearsome-looking sharks on TV — "Jaws" was the film that created the summer blockbuster phenomenon, after all.

But it's important to remember that these fascinating creatures have a lot more to fear from us than we do from them, at least in general. Humans kill somewhere between 63 million and 273 million sharks a year, with average estimates around 100 million sharks killed annually. In comparison: Three people died after being bitten by a shark last year.

We could quibble with the "most dangerous animal" designation. Mosquitoes spread diseases like malaria, which kills about 600,000 people a year, while humans murder about 475,000 other humans each year — though perhaps we are responsible for more deaths than that, with road injuries (cars were created by humans) and diseases caused by smoking (cigarettes were also created by humans) both making the top-10 causes of death worldwide.