Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Jaws, the past few weeks have found the North Carolina coastlines rocked by a series of shark attacks that seem to mirror the events of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 summer blockbuster.
The first attack occurred on June 11th when a 13-year-old girl’s boogie board was bitten as she frolicked in the waves at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina. The girl sustained only minor injuries, but her attack was just the beginning. On June 14th, two different swimmers, a 13-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, both lost arms in separate attacks that occurred about 90 minutes apart at Oak Island, NC.
Things seemed to go quiet for a while, but the attacks resumed on June 23rd when an 8-year-old boy was bitten on the leg as he waded through knee-deep water in Surf City, North Carolina. A couple of days later, on the 26th, a 47-year-old man was bitten while swimming about a mile north of a fishing pier in Avon, NC. The next day, June 27th, a 17-year-old boy was attacked near Waves, NC, about 15 miles from the previous days attack.
So far, none of the attacks have proven fatal. The attacks are being blamed on everything from more people in the water to warmer temperatures to shark fishing in the area, but in reality, no one knows the reason for the sudden spike in activity. Something is afoot, however, as isolated shark attacks have also been reported in Florida and South Carolina, and great whites have been spotted as far away as Maine.
With the fourth of July weekend coming up, there is still no word on whether or not the chief of police is trying to convince the mayor to close the beaches, or if the town is going to hire a salty old seaman to kill the shark for ten thousand dollars.