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Man bitten by shark near Avon Pier

Posted June 26, 2015

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— A 47-year-old man was bitten by a shark Friday morning off the coast of Avon, the Dare County Sheriff's Office said.

The National Park Service said the man, whose name hasn't been released, was bitten shortly after 11:30 a.m. about a mile north of the Avon Fishing Pier while he was swimming in a group. No other swimmers were injured.

The man received various injuries to his right leg and lower back, the Park Service said, and was airlifted to Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia.

An Apex man, Mike Will, posted photos to Twitter of the aftermath of the attack and told WGHP-TV in High Point that the victim was a 50-year-old man.

It is the fifth reported attack in the course of just three weeks along the North Carolina coast.

A girl was bitten by a shark and her boogie board torn apart at Ocean Isle Beach June 11.

The most serious injuries were suffered by a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, each bitten June 13 about an hour apart off the coast of Oak Island. Each had an arm amputated.

An 8-year-old boy was bitten earlier this week in Surf City, but his injuries were described as minor.

With the recent shark attacks on the minds of beach goers, business owners said their shops and motels have not been affected.

"Everybody is out in the ocean, having a good time and playing on the beach," said On Shore Surf Shop employee George Howard.

The last known encounter with a shark at the Cape Hatteras Seashore occurred in 2011 on Ocracoke Island, according to the Park Service.

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  • John Johnson Jun 27, 2015
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    People Fish Off or By the Piers.... If You're going to Swim, Swim as Far Away from a Pier !!!

  • Sam Nada Jun 26, 2015
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    "Global warming has made it difficult for sharks to continue living their peaceful existence. It has also increased the tensions among them and humans. As the temperatures of the water increase, the sharks may move into new locations where they will be more comfortable. This means they can be in areas where people are fishing, boating, and swimming."

    http://www.sharks-world.com/sharks_and_global_warming/

    "Surge in fatal shark attacks blamed on global warming"

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/may/04/wildlife.climatechange

  • Sam Nada Jun 26, 2015
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    Are the piers in NC where these attacks have happened new? How long has this type of fishing been going on? I don't know, I'm asking. There's no pier fishing in the country in FL I referred to. So that explanation makes no sense there.

  • Dorinda Hayes Jun 26, 2015
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    Seriously Sam? The ocean is their home. They have always been there, and occasionally you would think people would have enough sense to not swim near piers.

  • Joaquín Kobayashi Jun 26, 2015
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    It's honestly more about people swimming where there is chum in the water.

  • Joaquín Kobayashi Jun 26, 2015
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    People! Seriously! Stop swimming near fishing piers where they throw chum into the water.

  • Sam Nada Jun 26, 2015
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    Do you have any data to support that idea? Just guessing I'd wager feeding areas have changed due to global warming. I grew up in FL and in one county there on the Atlantic coast there have been 10 attacks in the last few months. In 18 years living near the ocean decades ago I never heard of one. Something systemic seems to have changed.

  • Jason McAllister Jun 26, 2015
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    I don't think so. Sharks have been - and will remain - above us in the ocean food chain. They simply don't like the way we taste, hence why they bite and leave once they realize we aren't a fish.

  • Belinda Warrick Jun 26, 2015
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    Me too. We eat there food so I guess they decided that we are next in line. But stuff like this shouldn't happen overnight so I think there is something else going on. I think they have evolved a bit and with humans catching, tagging and releasing they have become comfortable with us and no longer have any fear of humans. Maybe we are the ones being studied now. I guess the movie Jaws wasn't so far fetched after all.

  • William Patterson Jun 26, 2015
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    i think this is a result of having over fished our waters ....