Perhaps the only more compelling influence to stay out of the water than a big-screen showing of the 1975 Steven Spielberg classic “Jaws” is the current number of shark attacks around North Carolina. As of the writing of this piece, there have been eight documented attacks over the last few weeks along the North Carolina coast (from the Outer Banks stretching down to South Carolina) which is record-setting. Most of these attacks occurred in fairly shallow water (not out in the deep sea). None of these attacks have been fatal, but two victims lost limbs. But before you hang up your beach towel and snorkel gear for good, there are a few things you need to know.
1. Relatively Low Risk
Even though there has been a remarkable rise in shark attacks in the area, many experts agree that shark attacks, statistically speaking, still pose a very low threat to humans. Although the optics of the current rise certainly suggest that there is a strong risk of attack, experts say that you’ve got a greater chance of getting struck by lightning, hit by a tornado, or other similar events.