July 19, 2010

10 Year Old Boy Possibly Bitten by Shark at Myrtle Beach

The Sun News
Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

A doctor has examined a 10-year-old boy who reportedly was bitten by a shark in the area, and thinks the boy's wound is a bite mark, said Capt. David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

"Photos of the injury were taken and will be sent off to see if it can be determined what it was that struck him," Knipes said.

The boy had a bandage on his left leg when paramedics put him the ambulance at the beach access at 69th Avenue North...

Beachgoers at the scene reported seeing a shark in the surf at the time of the incident.

Jamelle Blasko of Pittsburgh said she saw a shark's fin in the water a few minutes before the incident...

Read the full Sun News article (along with video)

Unfortunately, if this turns out as reported, this will be the forth shark bite in the Carolinas this year. Last year, the Carolina's only saw three shark bites for the full year. And to put things in perspective, last year there was one fatal attack in Corolla but prior to that, the last fatal attack in NC occurred back in 2001.

As an interesting aside, last week a sea turtle at North Mrytle Beach washed up on shore with what appeared to be a shark bite. This probably occurred well out to sea and the turtle may have already been dead prior to the bite. Click here for more photos from the North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol blog and a brief description of the events.
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