Are Recent Shark Bites Forcing Some To Change Summer Vacations?

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

As you make vacation plans this summer, one piece of news is shocking.  Two people were bitten by sharks on the same North Carolina beach, within hours of each other, on Sunday.

A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy each lost an arm in unrelated attacks on Oak Island.

If it’s making you reconsider your trip to the beach, you’re not alone.

So we went to the experts for their advice.

Troy Quick, an animal keeper at Oglebay’s Good Zoo said, “there’s no reason to cancel your beach trips over a shark bite because they are extremely rare events. There, of all the things that could go wrong, that’s going to be low on the list. Not something I would worry about. Far more likely to get a sunburn or get stung by a jellyfish.”

Bill Bryson of Uniglobe Travel told WTRF.com, “50, just over 50 shark attacks happened in 2013 in the whole country. Not many. 500 people got killed by bees last year around the world! So when you look at it in perspective, you say that’s pretty small,” said Bryson.

As beach dangers go, they say you’re more likely to be struck by lightning, than to be bitten by a shark.

They say there are some things you can do to lessen your risk of shark attack, and still have that beach vacation.

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