Some of the world's deadliest animals are feared — even renowned — for their threatening characteristics, while others fly quietly under the deadly creatures radar.
Then there are those, like the great white shark, that are improperly vilified. For all the negative publicity caused by the "Jaws" movies, the great white shark isn't responsible for many human deaths at all.
All told, sharks cause an average of 10 human fatalities per year worldwide, and some years that number is far fewer. Shark bites are higher — there were 89 confirmed shark bites in 2022, and even though great whites have the strongest animal bite in the world, that still makes sharks far less threatening than many other dangerous animals.
So what does make an animal dangerous? There are plenty of things. Some have highly potent venom, while others spread disease. Some are extremely territorial and others are just plain aggressive. Let's find out which is the most dangerous animal in the world in each of these categories.