There is a new danger for photo lovers. It started in the past few years and is now everywhere. It is twice as deadly as shark attacks. This new danger is the selfie. Love them or hate them, the desire to take a photo of yourself in front of a world-famous site or to pose with a friend has resulted in more deaths in 2015 than shark attacks. Twelve people have died this year from trying to take a selfie. This compares to just six deaths from shark attacks.
Selfie accidents happen in many ways. Two Russian men were killed while taking a selfie with a hand grenade; three Indian students were killed by a train while taking selfies on train tracks; and an American fell off a cliff. The latest death came when a Japanese tourist fell down stairs at the Taj Mahal in India. There may be more deaths. A Russian government spokeswoman said that in July, there were, "dozens of selfie-related deaths" in Russia alone.