You’re more likely to be bitten by another person than by a shark, but that hasn’t stopped us from recounting nightmare stories of the ocean’s most talked about predator. Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week is both a response to and an example of popular interest in one of the world’s most-feared predators.
Hundreds of shark species dart through oceans worldwide, with some being the size of your hand and others larger than a school bus. Even though the fear isn’t that warranted–you’re more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than a great white, after all–the shark’s deftness as a predator warrants media coverage and popular curiosity. So whether you tune into Shark Week or not, wow your friends with these insane shark facts.