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Sharks!!

We will be in North Topsail in a couple weeks. Any shark sightings or warnings out?

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The ads for Sharknado 2: the second one have me steering clear of NYC tomorrow. (its a movie on SyFy channel 7/30, sorry, couldn't resist!)

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Don't you think you should have used question marks instead of exclamation marks?

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Forget it if you're not going to give me a straight answer.

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Sharks live in the ocean. It would not be unusual to see one at any beach on the Atlantic coast. Fisherman are frequently catching baby sharks off fishing piers at the beaches. If you're going to the beach anywhere you're swimming with sharks. By and large they are interested in smaller prey further out to sea than people are. They do occasionally come in closer. I have seen maybe 6 foot or so in length sharks out in the breakers. If you see fish schooling in a wave move away. They may be trying to escape a predator.

There were reportedly 72 shark attacks worldwide in 2013, so your chances of being bitten while on vacation in NC are not very large, although not out of the realm of possibility, usatoday.com/story/… . NC averages 1 shark bite per year. This year I think we've already topped that, so statistically that makes your chances even lower.

You are much more likely to be bitten by a venomous snake in NC. NC leads the country in snake bites, with more than 200 or so per year. Copperhead bites are the most common bite by venomous species in NC. NC, and specifically, the coastal region is home to copperheads, three species of rattlesnakes, coral snakes, water moccasins/cottonmouths. You can find all those in Pender county.

There, now, don't you feel better?

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Greetings panchopup, Thank you, for taking the time, to post this most informative information.

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Some serious safety considerations to avoid shark bites: avoid swimming during prime times for sharks to be feeding esp dawn and dusk. Don't go into the water if you are bleeding. Www.surfscience.com has a good article on Avoiding Shark Attacks written for surfers.

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We saw a 5' Mako Shark at jolly roger pier July 25 at sunset. It had been caught by fisherman but they got the hook out and pulled it deep enough to swim off. The shark seemed angry lol

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Sharks live in the ocean. Man lives on land.

Man is more dangerous to a shark than a shark to a man.

1 in a 92 million chance of being bit by one.

If you do not cover yourself in chum while swimming, you will be okay. Just be aware. Rip current will more likely get you in OBX than a shark.

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Thank you everyone. You've been most helpful.

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