TWO swimmers were attacked by sharks within hours on Monday on the same beach, with one person receiving a “nasty bite” on the forearm.
Karren Sites was visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while on a family vacation when she said a shark bit her on the arm.
Sites was in waist-deep water with her grandson Brian just feet away at the time of the bite.
“I just felt something bit me and there was a shark on my arm. I was only waist deep in the water,” Sites told WPDE.
“I kept pushing to get it off my arm and it did.”
Brian, who was enjoying the first full day of vacation, said he couldn’t see the shark coming.
“All I saw was the shark jumped up and didn’t even bite, like I saw the tail move to the side and then she screamed,” explained the eight-year-old.
“As soon as she touched it, it fell into the water.”
Sites was taken to a local hospital for surgery and hundreds of stitches.
“It’s definitely a shark bite, given the arc of tooth marks and the damage that was done, my condolences to the victim, that’s a horrific thing,” said a professor of marine sciences at Coastal Carolina University. Daniel Abel.
Abel added that sharks can be common at this time of year and swimmers should take precautions when entering the water.
“Not to swim at dawn and dusk, then there aren’t many people in the water and some of the sharks are closer and feeding. Do not swim where there are schools of small fish offshore. Don’t swim near where people fish near piers.”
It remains unclear if the same shark was responsible for both attacks.
The tandem attacks took place on August 15, although little information about the swimmers was released.
Another shark attacked in Myrtle Beach this June, Newsweek reported.
The state of South Carolina recorded four shark attacks in 2021.
Before the Day of Terror, the state’s total number of shark attacks since 1900 was just 116.
The upward trend in shark bites has been observed in oceans around the world.
According to Tracking Sharks, there were 61 shark attacks in 2022.
An eight-year-old British boy required three hours of surgery after being attacked by sharks while on vacation with his family in the Bahamas.
In another attack, a teenage girl lost part of her leg after being bitten by a shark off Keaton Beach in northwest Florida.
And Fischer Hricko, 13, was hospitalized with “blood spurting out of his face” after being attacked by a shark in the Florida Keys.
Six of the attacks reported by Tracking Sharks were fatal.
Elizabeth Sauer, 68, was killed on July 2 while swimming in the Red Sea while on vacation in Egypt.
A Romanian woman was also found dead the same day after the attack.
On June 28, Bruce Wolov was swimming off Plettenberg Bay in South Africa when he was attacked by a great white shark.
Antonio Roseto Degli Abruzzi, 56, died of blood loss after a suspected tiger shark attacked on March 20 and ripped a chunk out of his leg.
Robert Hueter, senior scientist and director at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, also urged Schwimmer to be cautious as the number of attacks will increase thanks to environmental initiatives to protect seals.
Sharks will follow their meal, he said, adding wherever seals, dolphins and other prey sharks go.
He said: “This is a natural predator-prey relationship that goes back eons.
“It is not surprising that with a restored seal population, we see the seal’s predation there.”
Shark attacks are very rare, but marine biologists say swimmers should avoid dark clothing and shouldn’t swim alone.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6030100/double-shark-attack-myrtle-beach-south-carolina/ Two swimmers were attacked by a shark on the same beach within HOURS of each other – one victim left with a horrific bite wound