Out of the nearly 500 different species of shark that inhabit the oceans today, only a dozen or so have ever been known to go after humans. And even in those cases, itâ€™s only believed to have happened because the shark was confused or curious. So, despite what movies like Jaws or The Meg have shown us over the years, there arenâ€™t any sharks roaming near the shoreline, looking for people to eat.
In fact, sharks tend to prefer smaller fish and invertebrates. When it comes to us, itâ€™s an old clichÃ© but it rings true â€“ theyâ€™re more scared of you than you are of them. Of course, everybody should know how to decrease the chances of encountering a shark. And if you happen upon one, here’s what you should do.