Despite the public's fears of shark attacks, especially with the number of attacks in movies, sharks are more threatened by humans than we are by them. According to the International Shark Attack File, there were 12 deaths from unprovoked shark attacks around the world last year. File director George Burgess points out in a statement, "We're killing 30 [million] to 70 million sharks per year in fisheries -- who's killing who?"
For one man who was attacked by a shark, the incident didn't stop him from fighting to protect sharks and the oceans they inhabit. Mike Coots, who lost a leg to a shark in Hawaii in 1997, has since become an ambassador for the Pew Environment Group. Coots told HuffPost, “I love the ocean so much; I feel compelled to do something."
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Below, find 25 tips for avoiding a shark attack. Photos and tips courtesy of Discovery. Check out more tips for staying safe around sharks by clicking here.