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Viral shark video has people wondering if it's safe to go into the water

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KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- It's the video gone viral that's amazing to some but scary for others.

The fishing video taken just across the border in South Carolina shows a large bull shark suprisingly grabbing a fish off a line in the Intracoastal Waterway in Cherry Grove. That has many asking if sharks that big are in the Intracoastal Waterway here as well.

"It's the first thing I thought about," Richard Anderson said as he visited Kure Beach today. "Like I said, going over the dune and looking at that water and thinking about that situation with the shark."

Although many beach visitors might be thinking that way, shark experts at the Fort Fisher Aquarium say it's unnecessary. Hap Fatzinger says there were fewer than 30 shark attacks in the US last year. He says the shark in the video was simply reacting to the fish and would most likely not react to a human that way.

"The animals are there. It's their natural habitat," Fatzinger said. "That shark was eating its natural prey, being a red drum. The likelihood that the animal is going to come up and interact with a human is very unlikely."

Fatzinger admits, though, the video is incredible, and that he will probably think about it when he enters the ICW Thursday on an aquarium assignment.

One beach visitor says he's been thinking about it, and was very careful in the water wednesday.

"I didn't go more than 10 yards in," Anderson said. "I saw people 30 yards out and wondering... I thought they were crazy."

Yes, there are sharks in the Intracoastal Waterway in our area. Fatzinger says although an attack is highly unlikely, swimmers should avoid swimming at dawn and dusk and wearing jewelry.

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From the background

From the background appearance in the video it looks like it is further up Little River and not the intercoastal waterway itself.

Dinner

This article says: "Yes, there are sharks in the Intracoastal Waterway in our area. Fatzinger says although an attack is highly unlikely, swimmers should avoid swimming at dawn and dusk and wearing jewelry". If there were less than 30 shark attacks in the US last year, this is good unless you were attack victim #1,#30 or any of the ones in between. It says shark attacks are unlikely and while this may be true, it doesn't say they will not happen. There is only one sure fired way to insure that you are not attacked or eaten by a shark and that is not to get in his bowl of soup, however, considering the fact that some people absolutely have to do it, I think they should bring their own salt and pepper. In other words be prepared for the fact that you may be bitten or eaten. In their environment, we are subject to their rules and they do not always favor us even though they may savor our flavor.

Hmmm

Probability of a shark attack is 1 in 11.5 MILLION

Chances of being KILLED in a car wreck...1 in 1000

HOPE you don't drive!

Wrong!

The chances of being in an auto accident in Wilmington is 100%. After all...with us catching/eating "their fish" from right under those sharks noses...that's their meals. Payback is a B-Otch!