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Old 06-15-2015, 09:39 PM
 
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The Oak Island beach has no life guards. The town has a Mayor, but I am not sure who would make the decision to shut down the beaches. As the attack had no precedent, I am not surprised if there are no procedures in place.

The shark was probably a bull shark, and since they are so numerous, there is little point in capturing only one. They are many more out there. It might be effective to ban people from throwing fish guts and other food into the water at the piers.
Oak Island is at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. That attracts far more sharks than random people throwing fish guts off a pier does (which attracts more crabs and pinfish than sharks). Inlets, and in particular inlets formed by the mouth of a major river, are food chain smorgasbords, and you will find more fish of all kinds in close proximity to them.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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One thing to keep in mind about Oak Island is that the beach is 12 miles long. That's a BIG area to cover. This is why you don't have lifeguards, like for example the approx. one mile it is between piers at Wrightsville Beach.

12 miles of beach in some places would be two or three beach towns over. Of course its not far "as the shark swims" (crow flies).

Its unfortunate that this happened. I do think they could have more things in place to watch and warn. But no matter how much you do that, it will still happen. Oak Island is said to have about 20K people on it in the Summer, only 7K permanent residents. The beaches are full, with tens of thousands of people....and it only takes one shark to have a bite...maybe even multiple bites.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Oak Island is at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. That attracts far more sharks than random people throwing fish guts off a pier does (which attracts more crabs and pinfish than sharks). Inlets, and in particular inlets formed by the mouth of a major river, are food chain smorgasbords, and you will find more fish of all kinds in close proximity to them.
I saw this on a National Geographic show - always beware of this spot, especially prone to Bull sharks that swim up the rivers.

It's doubly dangerous when there are also piers/fish guts involved.
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:00 AM
 
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I can't help but think about how much we generally complain about there being too much government intervention in our lives, too many laws, government is too big and so on. One the other hand, every time some misfortune comes into our lives the first thing we want to do it blame someone else or complain that our government should be doing more to protect us or we want better laws so we can sue somebody. Which way do you want it?

You are more apt to get hit by lighting than bit by a shark. Lighting can travel for miles and hit you out of a clear blue sky. Every time there is a storm in the area, do you want some protocol for a government agency so they come by and tell you the outdoors is now close due to lighting?

Why would someone say, the ocean is closed because there are sharks in it? Well doh!
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Yeah it makes no sense to close the beaches. There are plenty of sharks around on any given day - just take a look at the OSEARCH tracker, I believe there were three great whites somewhat in the area and that's only the tagged ones! Plus, the beaches here aren't monitored as they are up north (thank God). I suppose people could put up signs at each beach access but that doesn't mean anything for people in the houses. You wouldn't just close down an entire string of beaches for a shark or two that might be hundreds of miles away by now.

I was at Kure Beach on Sunday morning and people were talking about the tagged great whites - I didn't go beyond knee depth after hearing it ...
Thank God? I've been in the ocean when whistles started blowing and everyone was ordered out of the water. Guards scan the water for a while, then you get to go back in. It usually lasts for an hour. That's not much of an inconvenience. The beach didn't close. You can still get your feet wet or skimboard.

I've seen some nice saves, too.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Durm
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Thank God? I've been in the ocean when whistles started blowing and everyone was ordered out of the water. Guards scan the water for a while, then you get to go back in. It usually lasts for an hour. That's not much of an inconvenience. The beach didn't close. You can still get your feet wet or skimboard.

I've seen some nice saves, too.
I think people here are talking about fully closing the beach for the entire day? That would be absurd. An hour is fine.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Texas
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How does capturing a shark prevent shark bites?

Any one is as likely as another to bite you.
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