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Second Shark Bite Incident Reported in 2 Days

Posted July 17, 2007
Updated July 18, 2007

— A 14-year-old boy was bitten by a shark Wednesday at North Topsail Beach, marking the second shark attack in two days along North Carolina's coast.

The unidentified teen was bitten on the right calf about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday as he and three other teens were swimming off the Topsail Reef Condos near the New River Inlet.

An eyewitness on the beach apparently saw the shark and yelled a warning to the teens. As they headed toward shore, he was bitten.

He was treated at Onslow Memorial Hospital and released.

On Tuesday, a woman on vacation at Atlantic Beach was bitten by a shark while wading in the state's first reported attack this year.

The 30-year-old woman from Ohio, whose name wasn't immediately released, was in waist-deep water near the Tar Landing Villas on Atlantic Beach when she was bitten, said town Fire Chief Adam Snyder.

The woman felt something bite her right thigh and began kicking, Snyder said. Then the shark bit her left foot, leaving triangular shaped teeth marks, he said.

Others on the beach helped the woman from the water until rescue workers arrived. She was treated at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City and was expected to be released the same day.

The woman was released from the hospital Wednesday.

The attack was the first in the state since September, when a 16-year-old surfer suffered a deep gash to his left thigh by a shark at Onslow Beach. The teen needed about 10 stitches to close the wound.

According to the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, there have been 22 shark attacks in North Carolina since 1993, but only one was fatal.

Snyder said authorities think the shark intended to bite a fish and accidentally bit the woman in the murky waters.

"We didn't even close the beaches," he said, calling it an isolated incident.

No sharks were seen before or after the attack, Snyder said.

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  • Tackman792000 Jul 19, 2007

    Sharks 2 - Humans 0
    People, the sharks are out there! You enter their domain and suddenly you're on their menu! They aren't going to stop! TNT and TBS show the movie "Jaws" too many times not to get the message!

  • Roach Jul 19, 2007

    dndunn,

    I would be on the beach beside you. I grew up at Virginia Beach, Va. Once while swimming there something, probably a minow, came after me. That was the first and last time that I walked on water!

  • GAP PERSON Jul 19, 2007

    I bet she will stay in Ohio from this point on. My thoughts are with her.

  • Deep thoughts Jul 19, 2007

    If you don't swim at dawn or dusk, you reduce your risk of being bitten because that is when sharks feed. I personally fear jellyfish more than sharks. However, once you step into the ocean you become part of the food chain. Sharks only know that they don't eat humans after they have bitten them. Swimming with surf and boogey boards up your chances of being bitten because from underneath you look like a seal, which is a favorite among sharks. How disappointing it must be to get a mouth full of styrofoam.

  • new2apexnc Jul 19, 2007

    "I was at Atlantic Beach the week of July 4th, there was a shark in our pool. They are having a more difficult time finding food and are venturing inland."

    That was probably a hungry land shark.

  • raysson Jul 19, 2007

    Just when you thought if was safe to go swimming in the ocean?
    Didn't she learned anything from "Jaws"??? Didn't she learn anything from listening to Roy Schneider by not going into areas where sharks are looking at you like your a buffet entree?

  • Tarheeljunior Jul 18, 2007

    Post This - Haha, too funny and so true at the same time. I took a couple of courses in Marine Ecology, one at a Marine lab on the Beaufort side of the Atlantic Beach area. Once I really learned, and saw what was in those waters, that was it for me. My fiance loves to go to the beach there, but he finds himself in the water alone as I seek refuge on land where man was meant to roam. There is a reason we have lungs and not gills. We were never top of the food chain biologically. Technology is what gives us such a sense of superiority over other animals. Unless you have some sort of harpoon hidden in your swim trunks when it comes down to you and Jaws in the water, I am afraid he is a link up on the food chain.

  • HongKongPhooey Jul 18, 2007

    Sthrnldy - I agree!!!

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Jul 18, 2007

    "I was at Atlantic Beach the week of July 4th, there was a shark in our pool. They are having a more difficult time finding food and are venturing inland."

    Sharks inland? Do what?

  • Commentor5 Jul 18, 2007

    My prayers are with this woman - must have been a terrifying ordeal. But the headline caught my attention immediately - "Shark Bites Woman on Atlantic Beach" - whoever wrote these story apparently doesn't know that sharks bite people who go into the water - not "on the beach". Even if this is an AP story, the poster of such stories on this website should be screen the content before posting. Guess we better stay off the beach - might get bit by a shark, or swallowed by a whale.

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