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Girl, 5, bitten by shark off Ocracoke Island
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | July 20, 2011 | Lauren King

Posted on 07/20/2011 4:34:43 AM PDT by fredhead

A 5-year-old girl was flown to the hospital after she was attacked by a shark Tuesday, according to Hyde County Emergency Services.

Shortly after 5 p.m., emergency crews were called to Ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island for the reported shark bite, a news release said. Bystanders described what appeared to be a shark attacking the girl in the South Point area.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: shark
Prayers for this little girl. This happened on the NC Outer Banks.
1 posted on 07/20/2011 4:34:45 AM PDT by fredhead
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To: fredhead

Must have been a small shark.


2 posted on 07/20/2011 4:37:30 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: fredhead
5PM

just about the time the dinner bell starts ringing for sharks...maybe a bit early, but when the sun is starting to set...not a good time to be in the surf, OBX or anywhere else for that matter...

3 posted on 07/20/2011 4:53:54 AM PDT by sternup
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To: fredhead

Look at the baby fish, watch me pet the baby fish, oh damn baby fish has teeth. Poor girl, sorry parents.


4 posted on 07/20/2011 5:09:38 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: fredhead

Never mix okra and coke.


5 posted on 07/20/2011 5:32:34 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: fredhead
Prayers for the poor girl. I LOVE to surf kayak at Ocracoke. What a nice island that is. I've seen sharks there, but they've all been the Sand Tiger variety, and under 3 feet. I still wouldn't want them biting my hands.

I don't know which is stranger, dangerous sharks in the surf at Ocracoke or kids in the surf at Ocracoke. There are zero child attractions on the island-no amusement parks, no minigolf, no boardwalk. No clowns. No funnel cake. No fake stuff at all, actually. There's not even a bridge-you have to ride the ferry if you want to get there. It's just an old fishing village with some really cozy watering holes and great sunset views. Like I said, what a nice island!

6 posted on 07/20/2011 5:36:04 AM PDT by jboot
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To: jboot

when I was that age, many, many years ago, my parents had a beach buggy and we would go down Bogue Banks, past Atlantic Beach, NC out on the beach and away from everyone. I loved it. Sand and surf. Sad that this is the only place left that’s not been commercialized. And with the salt water fishing license I can’t even go down to OBX from VA to fish when I want.


7 posted on 07/20/2011 5:52:22 AM PDT by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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To: fredhead

My friend just returned from a scuba diving trip there. He brought back a picture of him standing underwater watching a huge shark. Scary!


8 posted on 07/20/2011 6:13:03 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: fredhead
I remember the Banks from the old days before everybody discovered them. In the '80s there was next-to-nothing between Nag's Head and Cape Hatteras, and what there was was cozy and quaint. I fondly recall a day spent in the shadow of ancient ship timbers poking out of a dune, just fishing and lazing around with not a soul to be seen except for the flyboys out of Norfolk following the beach low and fast every hour or so. It was heaven, but that is all gone now.

The last places like that on the Banks are Ocracoke and the north end of Cape Lookout National Seashore. But Ocracoke has been growing and "maturing" since the late nineties. I wish it wouldn't. It hasn't been that long ago (2006) that there was no cell phone service on the island. Now all you see-even on the water-are people fiddling with their Dumbphones and Crackberries.

9 posted on 07/20/2011 6:20:14 AM PDT by jboot
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To: jboot
Back in the early 80's we used to camp in Rodanthe. Later my parents bought a house there. So much has changed over the years. Fortunately Lisa's Pizza is still there in Rodanthe. We're headed down the 1st week of August. I can't wait.

I assume that little girl's parents were right there with her. I've been pulled out by the undertow quite a few times. I hope a parent wouldn't let a little one play in the surf alone.

10 posted on 07/20/2011 6:32:21 AM PDT by constitutiongirl (The Truth is a Person.)
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To: constitutiongirl

I’m headed to Kinnakeet (Avon) third week of August.

When I cross that big, arched bridge over Oregon Inlet onto Hatteras Island, it feels like I’ve left the world behind. Such a sense of remove, even still. Hatteras didn’t get the massive waves of development that Duck, Corolla, etcetera did, it’s still more of a family beach sort of place. Beautiful, too. Wild, chilly surf and seaspray on one side, mirror calm and warm sound on the other.

I like that most of the beach towns on Hatteras are dog friendly, that you can have campfires on the beach, that you can still drive on the beach, and not a condo tower or hotel tower to be seen. Just Hatteras Light south and Bodie Island light north, looming over everything.


11 posted on 07/20/2011 6:44:55 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: sternup
just about the time the dinner bell starts ringing for sharks...maybe a bit early, but when the sun is starting to set...not a good time to be in the surf, OBX or anywhere else for that matter...

1700 Eastern is nowhere near "sunset" during the summer months.

12 posted on 07/20/2011 6:51:52 AM PDT by wizzardude
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To: Clintons Are White Trash

A couple of years ago, we cut the motors and sat just a few hundred yards off Emerald Isle enjoying exceptionally calm and quiet seas. Enjoying a few morning Bloody Marys, catching some rays and watching the crowds on the beach. I had my feet up and eyes closed and was just about to nod off when I heard “HOLY CRAP!”

Jumping up to see what was going on, we watched in dropped jaw silence as a 12’ tiger slowly glided by just a few feet off our 10’ transom.

People only hear the reports about the occasional fish that ventures into the surf...


13 posted on 07/20/2011 7:04:02 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

There were reports of dolphins feeding closer to the sounds and sharks spotted coming in feeding of late. From you down to Holden//Oak island


14 posted on 07/20/2011 7:08:19 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: fredhead

There are still some beaches that the tourists never heard of but they are slowly finding them damnit.


15 posted on 07/20/2011 7:11:38 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: constitutiongirl

I hope not too, but I don’t know. The surf can be treacherous, especially near inlets and always at ebb tide. I’ve seen any number of bonehead parents ignoring their kids while enjoying the beach or the water. The scariest are the ones that let little kids play with boogie boards and inflatables with no adults close by. I’ve seen this a LOT. A rip current can pull even a good swimmer hundreds of yards out to sea quicker than you can say “boo”. I’ve seen it happen. Even when it turns out well, it kinda ruins your day. FYI, just because a kid does well at the Swim Club does not mean that he can swim by himself in the surf. Surf swimming an advanced skill that takes time and adult strength to master. And even skilled adults get whacked by rip currents. A lifeguard I know spent two hours floating on his back waiting to be picked up by the Coast Guard. He got lucky.


16 posted on 07/20/2011 7:12:55 AM PDT by jboot
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To: Larry Lucido

“Never mix okra and coke.”

It’s a Southern thing. Quite tasty really.


17 posted on 07/20/2011 8:16:27 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Update, more info.

Paper now reports she was swimming in shallow water with a foam board (boogie board) and was bitten in the lower right leg or foot by a 4 - 5 foot shark, according to one witness. Park rangers are still investigating whether it was indeed a shark. Witnesses reported the child’s leg was torn badly.


18 posted on 07/20/2011 9:34:05 AM PDT by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

We’re going to Avon also. My parents are having a reunion of friends at their house in Rodanthe and it just so happened to coincide with our vacation schedule. We’ve never stayed in Avon before but I’m looking forward to NOT having to drive 20 miles to the grocery store. :)


19 posted on 07/20/2011 9:47:37 AM PDT by constitutiongirl (The Truth is a Person.)
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To: BigCinBigD

“got that one from a 4 ft baby thresher”


20 posted on 07/20/2011 9:57:11 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: constitutiongirl

Water’s a little warmer, island’s a little wider. More stuff to do there. The Food Lion is why we’re staying at Kinnakeet Shores in Avon, too, lol. Don’t want to have to drive 20 miles as you say, pretty as the drive might be. Don’t want to pay island prices at the little local stores, either. Gas is bad enough out there.


21 posted on 07/20/2011 10:32:23 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: fredhead

I saw the story on news 14 Carolina in the doctors office.They had not yet had an update. Thanks.It sure wasn’t a jelly fish and God knows that s painful enough if you don’t have vinegar or urine handy. Had to be a shark. Ongoing fishing tourneys up and down the coast are all reporting them 25 miles out. I wonder why the sharks ad Dolphins are feeding so close. The heat? El Nino Beano Dino? <——making fun of the name.


22 posted on 07/20/2011 10:51:42 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: jboot

Masonboro sound figure 8 bchs and the very northend Carolina bch are peaceful. Kure is not bad. I have never been to atlantic bch or morehead; Are they myrtle beachish or nice?


23 posted on 07/20/2011 10:57:52 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: jboot

Yeah at the northnorth end carolina bch is an inlet that to a tourist looks calm. It is treacherous. I so love the tides in the Mboro sound it is like a mini hot tub of pure sand like a poll.Jelly fish is the only bummer.


24 posted on 07/20/2011 11:01:54 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: jboot

typo like a POOL


25 posted on 07/20/2011 11:03:45 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Might be warm water from the Gulf Stream, IDK.

July 4th weekend we went to the beach on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we went to the Navy base at Dam Neck in VaBeach. Water was warm there. On Sunday we got up early and drove to Rodanthe, north of Cape Hatteras because I wanted to go 4-wheeling in the sand. Water was cold there. Significantly colder. But that is north of where the Gulf Stream goes out to sea. The other thing surprising this year is the lack of jellyfish in the Chesapeake Bay. Usually by this time of year we can’t even go tubing in the bay because of the jellies, and last weekend didn’t see a single one. We were diving off the boat and swimming in deep water.


26 posted on 07/20/2011 11:08:58 AM PDT by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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To: fredhead

LOL all your jellies came south.I like military bchs the last one I was on there were dolphins ‘patroling’ the beach watching Bcomber units land.


27 posted on 07/20/2011 11:13:40 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

The Dam Neck beach is great. South of the VaBeach oceanfront, no crowds, no paying for parking, no tourists, parking just across the dunes, and you can have beer (in cans) on the beach. And because it’s on the base, you can go in the water without worrying that some scumbag will steal your stuff from your beach towel.

The 4-wheeling trip was somewhat of a trip down “memory lane.” My parents had a beach buggy when I was a kid, and we spent many Saturdays riding up and down the beach, and surf-casting. First place I ever drove by myself (not sitting on my Dad’s lap) was on the beach at age 12 in that 1945 Dodge army truck.


28 posted on 07/20/2011 11:31:43 AM PDT by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

WNCT Channel 9 Greenville NC is reporting the girl is in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.


29 posted on 07/20/2011 11:40:18 AM PDT by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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To: fredhead

The mil bch I went to was south of Vabch and surrounded with trees. A semi long drive too I believe a gate.I know amphib training went on there. Yeah no scumbags and there was a food place and no one was there.Bchs ON amphib base the best as well all military no asswipes.


30 posted on 07/20/2011 11:42:26 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: fredhead

Wow ho sad.Prayers for her and family.


31 posted on 07/20/2011 11:44:18 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: fredhead

Here is another one

http://captain.blogs.starnewsonline.com/10871/ga-girl-bitten-by-shark-last-week-in-s-c/


32 posted on 07/20/2011 11:47:56 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: fredhead

That last link was last June. I remember a few shark attacks last summer as well.


33 posted on 07/20/2011 11:50:49 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: sternup

“just about the time the dinner bell starts ringing for sharks...maybe a bit early,”

4:00pm-10:00am is stay out of the water time on the NC coast.

Some comments about this incident from a fishing website for the SOBX about 30 miles south of Ocracoke:

“Let us know how the sharks are doing! Seriously, next couple of months prime time for the big boys”

“I can tell you right now the sharks are doing great. Just got back today, and yesterday saw a 6’+ landed at the jetty and saw another one 4 minutes later on the other side, all in knee deep water.”

“Saw one at least 6ft long swimming in shallow water near the jetty Saturday. Have seen the most this year I’ve ever seen and they are coming mighty close to shore and huge at that...... “

“All true...
Rode out of Ophelia a couple years ago and the sharks were stacked along the bottom like cord wood. I have also seen 10 footers in knee to waist deep water.

The island that appears on cape lookout shoals is also known as shark island.”

“back the first part of June, i was sitting on the beach and saw a shark swim right up into knee deep water, amongst the swimmers, just bait in the water......just keep in mind if you need help, its at least an hour away.......just saying”

http://drumwagon.com/fishrep/


34 posted on 07/20/2011 11:53:23 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Atlantic Beach isn’t too bad, and from there you can 4WD north along the surf into really rugged wilderness in the Point Lookout park beaches. I’ve never spent any time in Moorehead but it looks like a pretty developed beach-lots of houses right on the dune line, some multi-story condo units and a fast food and shopping strip in the middle of it all.


35 posted on 07/20/2011 12:00:15 PM PDT by jboot
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
How long have I loved the beach? Here's a picture of me with my Mom and that Dodge truck, circa 1961.


36 posted on 07/20/2011 12:05:11 PM PDT by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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To: Rebelbase

Back in ‘07 I was kayaking in shallow (hip deep) water in the sound behind the south point of Ocracoke when a 3’ sand shark hit the boat hard from below. He sheared off into the inlet and I never saw him again. It was about 1600 hours. I often wondered if it was a chance bump or if that shark was really attempting to attack. One way or the other I’m glad I had a nice sturdy kayak wrapped around me at the time. A 3’ Sand Tiger could take a hunk out of your leg the size of a filet mignon.


37 posted on 07/20/2011 12:18:20 PM PDT by jboot
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Jellies are bad everywhere this year. It’s been too dry and the estuaries are saltier than ususl, which is good for the young jellies. If I actually get to the shore this year (I’m dealing with a lot of Obama in my life right now, so who knows) I’ll forgo wading in the sounds.


38 posted on 07/20/2011 12:27:54 PM PDT by jboot
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To: fredhead

Those were the days... Families COULD vacation.


39 posted on 07/20/2011 1:05:33 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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