This one tweet from Richard Branson tells you everything you need to know about the most dangerous animal in the world

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How Common Are U.S. Shark Attacks?

As this delightful tweet from Sir Richard Branson that has been making the rounds of the internet points out, sharks aren't even close to the scariest creatures on the planet.

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: 3 people died after being bitten by a shark last year.

More on the recent North Carolina shark attack:

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This one tweet from Richard Branson tells you everything you need to know about the most dangerous animal in the world
This is the scene right now in Oak Island at the 58th access after two reported shark bites. (Heather Eccard Grube) http://t.co/sUV6Feg6wg
Two teens lose limbs in separate shark attacks in North Carolina http://t.co/Zw1ZyFjXDH http://t.co/By2cuj2giM
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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 humans each year — though perhaps we are responsible for more deaths than that, with road injuries (cars=created by humans) and diseases caused by smoking (cigarettes=created by humans) both making the top 10 causes of death worldwide.

Either way, humanity is pretty dangerous, and apparently much more likely to bite each other than to be bitten by a shark.

So even though any news of a shark bite quickly becomes front page news, people should probably spend a little less time worrying about what's under the water.

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This one tweet from Richard Branson tells you everything you need to know about the most dangerous animal in the world
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Silky sharks in Jardines de la Reina archipelago in Cuba. (Photo via Getty)
Snorkelling with Whale Sharks at Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, the largest fish in the ocean, and a vegetarian. (Photo: Anthony Marsh, Alamy)
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Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. (Photo via Getty)
Caribbean reef sharks, Carcharhinus perezi, dusk in bahamas. (Photo via Getty)
The sharks of Tiger Beach, Bahamas. (Photo: Greg Amptman, Shutterstock)
Frenetic activity of Caribbean reef sharks Carcharhinus perezii . Sharks were attracted by chumming the area. (Photo: Stephen Frink, Getty)
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