shark study

College of Charleston biologist Gavin Naylor is studying the ancestry of sharks and rays using genetics. File/NOAA Fisheries/Provided.

Don’t worry. We’re not going to need a bigger boat, or a chainsaw for that matter, if “Sharknado” is more your style than “Jaws.”

Last year set a record for shark bites worldwide, but behind that otherwise alarming statistic is a rather banal explanation. Certainly not fodder for the next oceangoing thriller movie.

The 98 people who were bitten by sharks in 2015 were also among a record number of people getting in the ocean, so it only stands to reason that one record-breaking would correspond with another.

Here in South Carolina, there were eight attacks last summer, which was also an unusually high number. A bite certainly wasn’t any laughing matter for those unlucky swimmers, but there were no fatalities in South Carolina last year and only six worldwide.

Considering how many hundreds of millions of people took to the water, it’s a vanishingly small percentage.

Shark experts aren’t exactly sure what other factors — murky, salty water, strong offshore winds, ocean temperatures — pushed sharks closer than normal to places where people typically swim. But it’s entirely likely that this summer will feature a few bites too.

That’s because a lot of people are expected to go to the beach.

Don’t let sharks keep you from being one of those beachgoers. After all, you’re about as likely to win the lottery or win a presidential primary as you are to get attacked by a shark.

And nobody in South Carolina won the all-time record Powerball jackpot this year.