People are 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 2017 (have you heard Michael Phelps will be swimming against a shark this year?), let’s take a look at the odds of encountering one of the ocean’s most majestic – and possibly misunderstood – creatures.

Continue reading to discover what you’re more likely to experience than a shark encounter.

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.