Study: Record number of sharks swimming off Southeast coast
OUTER BANKS, N.C. — A new federal study found a record number of sharks swimming off the North Carolina coast this summer, the Virginia-Pilot reports.
The study comes as the summer season — when sharks attacked eight people — comes to a close.
Researchers captured or tagged 2,835 sharks from Florida to North Carolina — the highest since the study began in 1986. That compares with 1,831 in the last survey, in 2012. The most common species were sandbar, Atlantic sharpnose, dusky and tiger sharks.
The largest captured was a 12-1/2-foot tiger shark off the North Carolina coast, according to the survey by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Eight people were attacked in North Carolina in June and July. The previous high for the state was five shark bites in 2010.