The man attacked off the Beaufort Inlet Thursday is speaking out about his experience, and says the shark left something in his leg: a tooth.
Don White of South Carolina says doctors pulled a shark tooth out of his leg before sewing the wound up with 120 stitches. White still has the tooth.
White says he was bitten by the 8-foot bull shark as he was finishing up a family fishing trip, just to cool off. He says after the attack he got back into the boat and saw several sharks swimming in the water beneath the boat.
"As far as swimming in the ocean or taking a dip in the ocean while we are out fishing again, it will never happen again," White said.
A man who was bitten by a shark while off our coast has been released from the hospital.
Carteret General Hospital says Donnie White was released this morning.
Authorities say the 54-year-old South Carolina man was on a boat fishing about 13 miles off Morehead City when he went into the water to cool off. He was bitten on the lower leg by the shark.
A man is recovering after authorities tell us he was bitten on the lower leg by a shark in the waters off Carteret County Thursday.
Morehead City Fire & Rescue says the man was on a boat fishing about 13 miles out when the bite happened. The man apparently got in the water to cool off.
Rescue officials say the boat came to shore along the Morehead City waterfront where rescue efforts began.
The Carteret County News-Times identifies the victim as 54-year-old Donnie White of South Carolina.
The man was transported to Carteret General Hospital. Officials there told WITN the man did not give them authorization to release his status to the media.
The circumstances in Thursday's incident are a little different than the two other shark bites along the coast where swimmers were bitten, including 6-year-old Lucy Mangum, who was bitten in early July in Ocracoke while swimming with a boogie board in 18-inch deep water with her parents.
Also in July a 10-year-old girl was bitten by a shark while visiting North Topsail Beach.