July 17, 2010
Doctor: Sand tiger shark likely culprit for 13-year-old bitten near Shell Island Resort
Wrightsville Beach A 13-year-old girl reported being bitten while swimming near the Shell Island Resort on Saturday.
Kendall Parker, of Davidson, was in waist-deep water at about 1:30 p.m. when she felt something bite her arm, said her father, Mike Parker.
A doctor at Cape Fear Hospital said the attack appeared to come from a 4- or 5-foot-long sand tiger shark, Mike Parker said.
Kendall received 40 stitches and was released from the hospital...
Read the full Wilmington Star article here
•June 29, 2010: 6 Year Old Bit by Shark Near Beaufort, SC
•June 28, 2010: 13 Year Old Topsail Island Swimmer Bitten by Shark
Also, below is an interesting Youtube video posted by TheTrackjunkie01 of scuba divers swimming with sand tigers approximately 18 miles off the coast of WB. The video was shot about 10 days ago.
Personally, I have always enjoyed diving with sharks and am thrilled when one makes an appearance. In all my years of diving, I've never felt threatened during the encounters--even when a 10' tiger made a surprise appearance while wreck diving in Truk Lagoon. So enjoy the water, enjoy the beach and just know that in the vast, vast majority of cases, sharks won't even give you a second look if they happen by. But if you are concerned, you can follow these guidelines to help further reduce any risks.