Expert says more sea turtles could mean more, larger sharks

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — A shark attack expert says bigger sharks could be patrolling closer to North Carolina shores because of the influx of sea turtles during the 2015 nesting season.

The Star-News reports George Burgess, director of the Florida program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, says sharks are attracted to sea turtles as food and more sea turtles could mean more and larger sharks closer to shore.

Burgess says sharks like bull sharks and tiger sharks could be attracted closer to the surf as food sources, like sea turtles, move on and off the shore for nesting between April and September.

Wednesday marked the state’s fourth reported shark bite of 2015. An eight-year-old boy in Surf City suffered an apparent shark bite on his leg and foot.

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