Sharks are a bit of an evolutionary marvel. If you have any doubts, seeing Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, The Exhibition at the Museum of Nature & Science will surely lock it down for you.
The exhibit also confirms that, contrary to popular belief, there is far more media hype than shark attacks and that humans are the biggest threat to shark livelihood these days. Go figure, we're more of a problem for them than they are for us.
Here's a quick "by the numbers" for the exhibit. Interesting stuff. But not as cool or as creepy as hanging out in the eerily lit halls where the exhibit is showing. Those are some seriously scary teeth and giant jaws.
400 million - the number of years sharks have been around (at least)
100,000 - the number of times you are more likely to be injured by fireworks than bitten by a shark
26,000 - the number of teeth a shark sheds in his lifetime (some eat them for the calcium)
700 - the number of times you are more likely to be killed in a plane crash than by a shark
370 - the number of species of sharks
200 - the number of times you are more likely to be killed by a deer than a shark
80 - the number of times you are more likely to be killed by a dog than bitten by a tiger shark
50 - the number of the length in feet of an average Megalodon shark (fyi: the first gallery in the exhibit is just over 50 feet in length)
40 - the speed (miles per hour) some sharks can reach
30 - the number of times you are more likely to be killed in train crash than by a shark
16 - the number of shark attacks each year in the US
10 - the number of times you are more likely to be killed by a sand hole collapse then ever see (let alone be attacked by) an oceanic white tip shark
9 - the number of pieces of shark poop in the exhibit
7 - the number of senses a shark has (the standard five, plus electro reception and vibration detection)
6 - the number of inches an adult male dwarf lanternfish will likely grow in length
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1.8 - the number of tons of force a shark bite packs
1 out of 93 million - the number of your chances of being attacked by a shark
See the exhibit through September 16, 2012 at at the Museum of Nature & Science in the Science Building, 1318 S. 2nd Avenue in Fair Park, Dallas, TX, 75210. 214-428-5555.