If you had the chance to snap the perfect selfie in a risky situation, would you do it?
A surprising new report released Tuesday by Mashable says more people have died while taking selfies so far this year than they have from shark attacks.
According to Mashable's "Sharks vs. Selfies" chart, there have been 12 selfie-related deaths this year, compared with the eight shark-related deaths reported on sharkattacksurvivors.com.
The most recent selfie death was reported by BBC on Sept. 18, when a Japanese tourist fell down a staircase while trying to take a picture of himself at the Taj Mahal. He lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital. An autopsy determined that the 66-year-old died of a heart attack, a police official in Agra, India, told the Japan Times.
Mashable says it's uncertain whether the results prove an increase in daredevil stunts to grab the perfect photo. But the recent deaths might suggest a growing trend.
Other selfie tragedies include a man who was gored to death at a bull run in Spain, a teen who slipped on the St. Petersburg railway bridge, got electrocuted and fell to her death, and a 21-year-old who accidentally shot herself in the head with a handgun in Moscow.
In July, Russian officials issued a brochure urging precaution while taking such photos. "Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of 'likes' could lead him on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous," an aide to Russia's minister said.
Lesson of the day: Next time you take a selfie, make sure you're not putting yourself in danger.