Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 64-66
Myth 64: Sharks are the most dangerous animals for humans.
Let’s forget about the movie Jaws for a bit. Let’s talk numbers. Number of shark species: More than 480 Number of shark species dangerous for humans: 3 (Great White, Tiger and Bull) Number of shark attacks per year: 75 (with most people surviving) Alright, we have some numbers about sharks. Let’s talk about dogs now. Number of death caused by dogs (rabies) per year: 25,000 I think the numbers speak for themselves.
Myth 65: Cut an X over the snakebite to get the venom out.
Sometimes in movies, they will show a guy getting bitten by a snake. His friend comes by, cut an X over the bite and sucks the venom out. The guy is saved, his friend is a hero. Well, that’s a myth. The truth is that, there are around 7,500 poisonous snakebites reported in the USA each year. Out of them, only 5 people will die. And they are not surviving because someone cut an X on their bites. Cutting and sucking snakebite is ineffective and can even be dangerous. You are introducing bacteria and other germs that could cause more serious infections in an already damaged area. In conclusion, if you’re unlucky enough to get bitten by a snake, do not cut it and suck it: it is pointless. Instead remain calm, allow the wound to bleed and get some help.
Myth 66: You need to immediately put up protection against animals like wolves.
Just like we said before, finding wild animals is not that easy. Most of them are more scared by you than you are by them. Some people who have lived in the wild for a long time have actually never seen any big predator. They are usually busy living their life, finding food and surviving. That’s why building a shelter specifically to protect yourself from wild animals is pointless. You won’t see any.
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