Should Swimmers Worry About Sharks?


A Great White shark near Dyer Island, South Africa.

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Seven swimmers have been bitten by sharks in North Carolina in less than a month. In the most recent attack, on Wednesday, authorities said the victim was swimming in front of a lifeguard stand when a gray shark, as large as seven feet long, pulled him under the water and bit him on the rib cage, hip, lower leg and both hands.

Earlier victims included a 17-year-old near Waves, N.C.; an 8-year-old swimming in knee-deep water in Surf City; and two young swimmers bitten by sharks in waters off Oak Island on the same day who each had an arm amputated.

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