1 in 251,800,000
The odds a person will die from a shark attack in a year are 1 in 251,800,000 (US, 1999 – 2005).
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Florida Museum of Natural History. The University of Florida. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/sharks.htm.
Compressed Mortality File, 1979-2005 [Internet]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Available from: http://wonder.cdc.gov/mortsql.html
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Odds more likely than 1 in 10, such as 1 in 3.42, are rounded to three significant digits. Odds less likely than 1 in 10, such as 1 in 420.4, are rounded to four significant digits. Trailing zeros after the decimal point are dropped for readability, even though they may still be significant.
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