Images have emerged of two beachgoers catching a shark in Kill Devil Hills, dragging the predator ashore amid a series of attacks that have rattled the North Carolina coastline.
Photos of the shark’s capture were taken by Anna Korman, of Richmond, Virginia, who was visiting the Outer Banks with her family. Around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, one of her family members looked out from their balcony and spotted the anglers fighting the shark, prompting them to go in for a closer look. Though the fishermen were not identified, Korman noted to WCNC that the shark was roughly six-feet-long and was caught from the shore.
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The North Carolina coast has seen a dramatic uptick in shark encounters over recent weeks. At least seven shark attacks have transpired since late May, along a shoreline that typically reports one to two incidents annually. In addition, some of the shark encounters have been notable for their severity and proximity to one another. At least one teenage victim was left in critical condition following his run-in with a shark along the Outer Banks, as the Inquisitr previously reported, though his condition has since been upgraded. A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy who were attacked in Oak Island, however, both lost limbs when they encountered sharks within two hours of each other.
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The proximity of repeat attacks has also baffled researchers. Two shark incidents transpired less than two miles and 90 minutes apart in Oak Island, while three shark attacks took place in a week’s time along the Outer Banks. It is not clear what species of shark could be responsible for the incidents, as NBC News notes, though a variety are known to frequent the coastal waters off the Carolinas.
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The anglers in Kill Devil Hills were photographed pulling the shark from the ocean by its tail as a large group of beachgoers gathered around to watch. The shark, however, did not meet state guidelines that would allow it to be kept. After it was measured, the fortunate shark was released back into the sea, swimming away through the North Carolina surf.
[Image: Facebook/ Anna Korman via USA Today]