Our expert says:
Yes, of course you have to look at the ratio, not the absolute numbers. The point I was trying to illustrate was that there are more serious risks people face than shark attacks - and your chances of being in a road accident are definitely higher. This is not the same as the exact ratio i.e. the number of annual shark attacks as a percentage of people in the water vs road accidents as a percentage people on the roads, but even so, I still think the latter would be higher! I'll try to find out the figures - it would be interesting to know.
You're right, though, it doesn't really help you feel safer in the water knowing you're more likely to be killed in a road accident...
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