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


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.

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“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.