By: Nesa Nourmohammadi
Beachgoers in Sullivan’s Island, SC are on alert after a sand shark bit a man last week.
Officials say that the 30-year-old man was bit on the foot Friday afternoon. He was taken to an area hospital, where he received stitches and was later released.
While the incident was relatively minor, it has raised concerns over the amount of sharks in the region. According to the Post and Courier, a study conducted last year revealed that Sullivan’s Island and neighboring Folly Beach were some of the riskiest places for shark attacks in the continental United States. The study also showed that individuals there were 35 times more likely to be attacked by a shark compared to the rest of the Carolinas.
The town issued a statement, urging residents to exercise caution when swimming or engaging in any water sports. Fortunately, South Carolina hasn’t suffered a fatal shark attack since the 1850s.
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