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The North Carolina coast has seen a dramatic rise in shark attacks over the past month. Shark researcher Chuck Bangley said the number is already about three times higher than what is expected for an entire year.
This interactive map, created by FOX8 Web Producer Alix Hines, provides detailed information on each attack the North Carolina coast has seen in recent weeks. Just scroll through for details.
Seven people have been attacked since June 11.
On Wednesday, a 68-year-old man was pulled under the water by a shark on Ocracoke Island. He suffered several bites to his rib cage, hip, lower leg and both hands.
Last week, two people were bitten by sharks near Cape Hatteras.
On Friday, a 47-year-old man was bitten by a shark in the leg and back while trying to get children and another adult out of the water near Avon.
On Saturday, an 18-year-old was swimming with other people near Waves when the shark bit his calf, buttocks and both hands.
Both victims were rushed from the beach and underwent surgery.
In South Carolina, a shark attack also took place Friday morning at Hunting Island State Park. The male victim was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment. No further information was available about the victim or the extent of his injuries.
On June 24, an 8-year-old boy in Surf City suffered what appeared to be a shark bite. Police said the wounds were superficial and the injuries were minor.
On June 14, 12-year-old Kiersten Yow from Archdale and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado both lost their arms in shark attacks at Oak Island.
Yow lost her left arm below the elbow and suffered injuries to her left leg. Hunter Treschl lost an arm.
A 13-year-old girl was bitten while boogie boarding off Ocean Isle Beach on June 11. In that incident, the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the shark took bites of her boogie board.
George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, told FOX8 recently that there are several environmental factors that make North Carolina appear to be a “perfect storm” for shark activity this summer.