Shark Expert: Summer attacks not rare

Reported by Max Wintiz – bio |email

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - There have now been four shark attacks in less than a month along the beaches of North and South Carolina.

The latest was Monday when a 10-year-old in Myrtle Beach was reportedly bitten on his foot. That comes two days after 13-year-old, Kendall Parker from Davidson, NC was bitten on her arm while swimming off the coast of Wrightsville Beach.

With more people in the water, comes more splashing. Certain noises attract sharks, according to Paul Barrington at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

"There are a lot of people in the water," said Barrington.  "Sharks are in the water. Food is in the water. Those interactions, although unfortunate, should not be unexpected."

Barrington believes a sand-tiger shark could have been the suspect in the Parker's incident.

"There is a tremendous amount of bait fish in the water," said Barrington.  "These typical hit and run attacks are generally a case of mistaken identity."

Barrington says there are certain precautions you can take in order to prevent an attack from happening:

  • Do not swim during dusk or dawn
  • Swim with more than one person
  • Do not wear any jewelry or other shiny objects
  • Avoid murky water

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