For my entire life, I've been hesitant to go too far off the shore when I'm at the beach because I fear sharks. A few years ago, I was in Ethiopia and was offered an opportunity to see hippos in the wild, and I was like, "Hell, yeah!" So my husband, our 8-month-old daughter, and I got in an old rickety wood boat (no life jackets, of course) with two guys, one of which had to bail water the whole time, and rode across a lake right into the middle of a herd of hippos, including many babies. At some point, we were pretty much within reach-out-and-touch-them distance. Fortunately for us, it ended well — with us still in the boat — but the likelihood of something bad happening was much higher than me being attacked by a shark while wading into the Pacific Ocean. "Jaws" may seem scary, but there are a lot of animals and other living things far more dangerous than sharks. Here's some perspective.