In less than a month, the shores of North Carolina saw a 7th shark attack in just waist deep water. On July 1st, a 68-year-old man was bitten on his lower left leg and hip, and both his hands just 25-30 feet off the Outer Banks’ Ocracoke Island. The man was quickly airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.
The 6-7 ft gray shark is the seventh attack in North Carolina this year, raising the shark attack count for both the Carolinas to 10 just this year alone. The alarming trend is an extremely dangerous situation, especially with a busy Fourth of July weekend ahead.
Though thousands are expected to flock to the beaches to cool off and relax, lifeguards and state park officials have yet to close any beaches due to the recent attacks. Just last week, a 47-year-old man fought off a shark at Avon Beach, and a week prior to that, there were two separate incidents where a 12-year-old-girl and 16-year-old boy each lost their left arms.
One speculation as to why there are so many shark attacks as of late is that the lack of freshwater by the shorelines caused by drought is making the shark feeding zone closer to shore. Aside from heeding shark sighting warnings, don’t miss these 4 Tips To Help Prevent Shark Attacks.
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