Let's face it: we are all captivated by shark encounters. Movies are filmed about sharks, songs are dedicated to them, and even art installations featuring sharks are created to elicit reaction. Sharks have become so pervasive in pop culture that there is an official term for the fear of sharks – galeophobia.

As we prepare for Shark Week 2018 (have you heard Ronda Rousey will be fighting a shark...let's hope it's not a repeat of Michael Phelps' stunt last year), let's take a look at the odds of encountering one of the ocean's most majestic – and possibly misunderstood – creatures.


Although movies make it seem like shark encounters occur quite frequently, the chance of this happening to you is only 1 in 6 million!.

Tune in to Shark Week all week long on Discovery.