News 7 Shark attacks so far this summer in NC

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    A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters.

    A hospital spokeswoman had no report of his condition Wednesday afternoon.

    The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal, said Justin Gibbs, the director of emergency services in Hyde County. The attack happened around noon on a beach on Ocracoke Island, right in front of a lifeguard tower, he said.

    "He was pulled under by the shark," said Gibbs, who said witnesses reported the animal was about 7 feet long.

    He was swimming in waist-deep water with his adult son about 30 feet offshore, the National Park Service said in a news release. There were no other swimmers injured.

    The man is the seventh person attacked along the North Carolina coast in three weeks, the most in one year in the 80 years for which the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File keeps records. The highest previous total was five attacks in 2010. Three of the 52 confirmed shark attacks between 1935 and 2014 were deadly, according to the database.

    Most of this year's attacks happened in shallow water. The injuries ranged widely: An 8-year-old boy had only minor wounds to his heel and ankle, while at least two others have required amputation. Another person attacked Saturday had initially been considered at critical risk of dying.

    Shark experts say the recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas is due to so many more people getting in the water. Americans made 2.2 billion visits to beaches in 2010, up from 2 billion in 2001, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimate.

    The record-breaking numbers of shark bites might be related to an unseasonably hot June that rapidly raised ocean temperatures off North Carolina and prompted fish to migrate north earlier than usual, said Chuck Bangley, a shark researcher at East Carolina University.

    "So when you have more marine life in general in the water and then more people heading to the beach than usual, then you've got a potential recipe for accidents to happen," Bangley said.

    Roger Rulifson, a distinguished professor of biology and senior scientist at East Carolina University, said recently that there have been reports of small bait fish coming closer to shore this summer, which attracts sharks. There have also been reports of larger numbers of sea turtles along the coast, which sharks also like to eat, he said.

    Lynette Holman, 44, of Boone, said she was on the beach with her husband and 10-year-old son when she noticed a commotion about 50 yards down the beach. She saw a man walking through knee-deep water and then people rushing to help him out of the surf. There was no panic or screaming, and the nearest lifeguard on duty told her she thought the man might have been having heart trouble. Then Holman saw a gash above his knee.

    "The skin was pulled away. It was an open-wound gash," said Holman, a journalism professor at Appalachian State University.

    Laura Irish Hefty of New Hope, Pennsylvania, said she was about 100 yards away when she saw a crowd gathering. She said her husband, David, saw blood on both of the man's legs.

    The man was treated on the beach for about 20 minutes until he was stabilized and carried off the sand and beyond the dunes to a road, Hefty said. A helicopter flew him to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, about 85 miles away.

    Swimmers were back in the water within a couple of hours, Hefty said.

    "Nobody seems to be that scared," she said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/man-bitten-shark-nc-outer-banks-7th-summer-32159859
     
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    You're gonna need a bigger boat.
     
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    Gay marriage is an abomination to nature. Nature is now fighting back.
     
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    Only you could turn a thread about sharks into politics :jj:

    You notice i no longer discuss politics? Please let me have my peace.
     
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    June 20 marked the 40th anniversary of “Jaws” and it still not safe to go back in the water.

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    Laura Irish Hefty of New Hope, Pennsylvania.
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    It's not politics, it's science. Sharks can smell the gay on us, and they're not happy about it. I spent one whole summer at the Outer Banks, and I had no gay sex and didn't get bitten by any sharks. So don't tell me about shark/gay issues. I lived it.
     
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    And next week is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.
    Great timing on these attacks.
     
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    I missed my chance to see it in the theater last week. Doesn't get any better than the big screen
     
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    Against gay marriage.
     
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    So these are trained sharks hired by the Discovery Channels PR department?

    Now I am offended.:pissedoff:
     
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    We all remember what happened the last time it was The Summer of the Shark.

    9/11, that's what.

    9/11 happened.
     
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    jaws fucked up a whole generation.
     
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    There were two the same day, about an hour apart. The second of the two was a child.

    Who would allow their child to reenter the water an hour after an attack?
     
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    Obama has left white people to fend for themselves while in the water. Has he even done one thing about this?
     
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    what are the sharks thinking over at the Great Barrier Reef?
     
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    I think the rule is, no swimming for a 1/2 hour after a shark attack.
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    Australian officials are smart enough to think about the safety of the public before passing any murderous gay rights laws.

    How many swimmers must perish before this legislation is repealed?

    I had plans to go to a bar in Rehoboth before taking a long swim. Those plans are ruined.
     
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