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Johnny Rockets

South Carolina Shark Surprise

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Don't freak out. Dolphin love to herd in large fish (red drum) for eating too. Just avoid murky water where a shark like that will reaction bite at anything. When the water's pretty clear...sharks aren't just going to randomly attack things.

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There have been 5 shark "attacks" off MB this year. 4 in one day and 1 about a week earlier. Happened about a month ago and most likely bull sharks.

I go down there quite frequently and was there just last week and the only thing that has attack me is about 4 bottles of Sambuca and a couple of gallons of vodka. I barely escaped with my life.

Last I heard was that they think they were Blacktips. The bite radiuses were inconsistent with Bull Sharks.

We are heading down in 2 weeks....during Shark Week on Discovery Channel Week.

My 12 yo daughter is saying she won't go in the water.

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They say that the majority of people that have spent anytime in the ocean have been within 20 feet of a shark and never knew it. I surfed a lot growing up in NJ and saw just one. One time I had something bump my board as I was laying on it and it scared the bejeezus out of me. Don't know what it was, and don't want to know but it was either a shark or a dolphin. Never got back in the water that day.

Never seen one swimming.

However, I have seen MANY when scuba diving. Been on shark feeding dives....seen reef sharks, bonnethead sharks (smaller hammerheads) and even a Tiger Shark in open water.

Even did a Great White Shark Cage Dive off the coast of San Diego many years ago. That was the most incredible thing I have seen. Several 15-20 foot great whites coming up from below and biting at the cage. My heart was racing.

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Last I heard was that they think they were Blacktips. The bite radiuses were inconsistent with Bull Sharks.

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That makes sense because from what I could tell by the article I read, the bites weren't terrible....stitches and such but not chunks taken out of people. When a bull shark gets you, you usually lose a couple lbs. of flesh.

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Never seen one swimming.

However, I have seen MANY when scuba diving. Been on shark feeding dives....seen reef sharks, bonnethead sharks (smaller hammerheads) and even a Tiger Shark in open water.

Even did a Great White Shark Cage Dive off the coast of San Diego many years ago. That was the most incredible thing I have seen. Several 15-20 foot great whites coming up from below and biting at the cage. My heart was racing.

Yeah, not sure I could do that. I even opted out of the whole snorkling with the sting ray thing in the Bahamas. I bet that was quite the experience though.

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I'm going to Oak Island with the fam for 9 days in the beginning of August. I think Oak Island is like an hour N of Myrtle. Nestled between Holden Beach and Cherry Grove.

Anyway, I like to swim in the ocean and I will go out far as long as I'm with someone. I like the rush, not gonna lie.

However, once I go out, and I don't care how deep it is, once something rubs up against my leg I am GTFO and not getting back in.

I also heard that when you see small schools of fish jumping out of the water around where the waves break, that is a sign that there is a shark around.

A little girl got bitten by a shark at ocean isle beach just a stones throw from OI a couple weeks ago - she wound up with 42 stitches.

edited - make that 140 stitches

Besides the four injured on June 14, a 25-year-old man was bitten on the foot about 7:45 p.m. June 3 while swimming near the 2nd Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach, police said. A 6-year-old Ohio girl needed 140 stitches Monday to repair damage to her leg from a bite at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Her mother saw sharks chasing fish that were jumping

Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/06/21/2899279/experts-say-flurry-of-shark-bites.html#storylink=cpy

Ive swam the channels behind Figure 8 Island down to Holden Beach for more than 20 years and never seen a shark - knocking on wood. I did see one one day about 6 feet out from the beach at Carolina Beach years ago.

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That fish had a really bad day

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Sent to my broinlaw yesterday and we've kayak fished in waters like that. If I were bringing in a drum and that happened next to the kayak, I would've pulled off the walking on water miracle.

what da freak a broinlaw?

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Older brother took me to see 'Jaws' as a kid.

Have been in the ocean a time or two since, but not often, and was always nervous about it.

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