Man injures arm in shark incident at Wrightsville Beach Thursday night


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A normal night fishing turns scary for one man, when a shark bit the line.

“Sharks are wild animals and so we definitely don’t want to be messing around with any wild animal,” said educator Gail Lemiec from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

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A fisherman hooked a shark on his line near Johnnie Mercer’s Pier in Wrightsville Beach Thursday night.

Two men tried to wrangle and get the hook out of the shark.

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House says he saw video where the shark lunged at one of the men, with a possible bite causing blood to gush from his arm.

The news didn’t keep visitors from the beach Friday, but they still practiced caution.

“I think you shouldn’t take that into your own hands. You need to be careful, especially if there are sharks in the water, which there are this time of year. You don’t want to be in there at the same time,” said tourist Jim Matzko.

When the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department arrived on scene, the man was already gone.

The shark was eventually pulled and released into the ocean.