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Top 10 Animals that Scare Us the Most

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The much maligned shark.
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Very few words will cause a crowd to flee for their lives, but "shark!" is definitely at the top of the list. This sharp-toothed beast has a staggering 3,000 teeth and can grow up to 20 feet (6 meters) long with a weight as heavy as 4,500 pounds (2,041 kilograms), making it the largest predator of the sea. With stats like that, it seems quite logical to be scared of a great white, but according to research conducted at the Florida Museum of Natural History, you're more likely to be struck by lightening than attacked by a shark.

For the most part, you should enjoy your next trip to the beach, but just to be safe, consider these tips from the Discovery Channel: To avoid becoming a shark's next meal, only swim in the ocean during the day. Try not to splash too much and pay attention to your surroundings. If a shark attack recently happened where you're vacationing, don't swim in that water, as sharks are likely to return to the same spot in hopes of another bite. When in doubt, ask a lifeguard if it's safe to go out.

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