Caught On Camera: Hundreds Of Sharks Off Crystal Coast

A local photographer captured hundreds of sharks swimming off our coast Wednesday morning off Carteret County.

Scott Taylor of Beaufort was on a shoot when the helicopter he was riding in passed between Shackleford Banks and Fort Macon off the Crystal Coast.

The photos show hundreds of sharks swimming in the group. Taylor said the helicopter pilot remarked he sees them all the time.

Taylor said when the helicopter dipped down for a closer look, the sharks seemed to be about four to six feet long.

There are 26 species of sharks considered to be the most common sharks of North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores website.

Researchers says the sharpnose shark, often referred to as a sand shark, is one of the most common sharks in our waters this time of year.

Bull sharks, blacktip, blacknose, sand tiger, spinner and hammerhead sharks are some of the species that swim off our coast in the summer months.

While the photos are frightening for some, it's important to remember that your chance of encountering a shark is slim. One estimate says your lifetime chance of death from a shark attack is one in 3.7 million.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    Well no matter what I'm still going in the ocean and do my surfing when I want to, regardless of how many sharks are there. I wont let this take any of my hobbies away. Yall can do the arguing while I surf.
  • by skipper1 Location: sealevel on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:53 AM
    of course sharks breat the air, why do you think they are born with tiny are tanks in there fins, thats why the fin is on top so the tanks can refill. wow you peepol need a edukation
  • by eleni on Sep 11, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    Buffy2 I really hope you are being sarcastic, if not please do us all a favor and get off the meth.
  • by Suzy on Sep 11, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    WOW, Iam with Cactus, CT, Lisa and Gus. After reading what Biff and Dora have written, I think I dropped my IQ level. I am from Canada, dont see many sharks up there, but after reading this, I really can say I know alot more than Biff and Dora about them. LOL. How ridiculous. Those that live at the crystal coast should pay a visit to the North Carolina Aquarium and listen to the marine biologists, and realize that sharks only attack humans in error and they come closer into the shore in the evening.....Hmmmm, they study marine life, so I would tend to agree with them. You have more chance of getting stung by a jelly fish, then getting attacked by a shark at the beach, unless you are just plain stupid.
  • by buffy2 on Sep 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    Biff, i like u. and agree with everthing u say. LMAO sharks are like so fluffy and theryre descendents of the fuzzy dragons found here in the 1600's, with the vikings LOL. They have lots of teeth, but they are soft like the bones in your nose or ears. they can chew mashed potatoes real good, but not hard stuff. we should put mashed potates in the water as an offering to appease the great shark spirit. these waters are sacred to my people.
  • by faye on Sep 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    Gus, first If I want to spend my time warning people about the dangers of sharks then that is my business.
  • by Gus Location: North Carolina on Sep 7, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    Biff & dora, it's a wonder you two are smart enough to know how to breathe for yourselves, much less how sharks get oxygen. Faye, why would you bother to go down to the beach & warn people there are sharks in the area, because if you really are local, then you should have seen enough sharks pulled out of the water by fishermen to know that they are ALWAYS in the area. Even the story says "Taylor said the helicopter pilot remarked he sees them all the time." You're time would be much better spent patrolling the beach & warning tourists about the dangers of rip currents & what to do if you're caught in one. Instead you would rather strike fear in the hearts of ppl by talking about sharks that are not a serious threat to them. I mean people are here saying sharks are the reason they only swim in a swimming pool. You are more likely to drown in your backyard swimming pool than you are to be killed by a shark.
  • by Candy Location: North Carolina on Sep 4, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    My family and I were at Shackleford Banks the day these pictures were taken. Of course, we didn't know they were there. In about 2-3 feet of water, something began flailing in the water to the left of my 10 year old. I thought it was a child at first, but we were the only people within 50 yards or more. The shark through it's head up and it had a fish in its mouth. One of the fish that we were looking at around our feet through our goggles. The shark was a hammerhead. It wasn't until the next day that the pictures turned up in the Charlotte Observer. We also had another close encounter with a shark that day. By then, I had a headache and said time to get out of here. Thank God neither of my children were bitten, nor my husband or myself.
  • by John Pinner Location: Australia on Aug 26, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    you people should get a life!
  • by Lisa Location: Denton, TX on Aug 25, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    Biff: Sharks have gills. Gills are a specialized organ that pulls oxygen from the water. Gills can be found on fish and on sharks. Sharks do NOT have a blow hole like a whale, and sharkes do NOT need to come to the surface to breathe.
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