The news of a shark attack is always terrifying, but when it happens twice in one day, it becomes an unimaginable nightmare. On Monday, May 3, a 17-year-old boy was attacked by a shark in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, just one day after another shark attack occurred in the same area.
The young boy, whose name has not been released to the public, was swimming at Avon Pier when he was bitten on the arm by what is believed to be a bull shark, one of the most aggressive species of sharks. According to eye-witnesses, blood was seen spewing from the teenager’s severed arm as he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
The attack happened just one day after a 12-year-old boy was bitten by a shark in the same area. Despite this and several other attacks in recent years, tourists still flock to the region for its beautiful beaches and warm weather.
It is unclear why these attacks are happening more frequently in the Outer Banks, but researchers suggest that it may be due to an increase in shark activity or a rise in the number of people swimming in the area.
Regardless of the reason, these attacks are a stark reminder of the risks that come with swimming in the ocean. While shark attacks are still relatively rare, it is important that beach-goers take precautions to reduce their risk of being attacked.
Experts recommend that swimmers avoid swimming during the hours when sharks are most active, typically dawn and dusk. Additionally, swimmers should avoid wearing shiny jewelry, as it can attract sharks, and they should also avoid swimming in areas where there are schools of fish, as these are often prey for sharks.
Despite an increase in shark attacks in recent years, it is important to remember that these incidents are still relatively rare. Still, keeping safety in mind when swimming is crucial, especially in areas where shark activity is known to be high.
As for the young boy who was attacked on Monday, his current condition is unknown, but we all hope for his full and speedy recovery.