Topsail Residents On Defensive About Shark Claims

Officials of Topsail Island are disputing an online story which claims it's a prime location for a shark attack.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the island appears in an online listing as one of five places in the U.S. where shark encounters are most likely to occur.

Locals say the story posted on Yahoo Travel doesn't have numbers to back up its claim. However, a girl was bitten at North Topsail Beach last month.

Florida's Icthyology Center reports that New Hanover County has had nine shark bites and no deaths since record-keeping began in 1935. Onslow and Carteret counties were next-highest in the state, each reporting eight bites and one death.

Florida had the most U.S. shark attacks in 2010, with 23. North Carolina was second with five.


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  • by local on Jul 16, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Have been on the pier many times at Topsail.....and saw MANY sharks! People swimming next to them....aduh...what do you think is going to happen? Get over it....sharks are there and some one will get bit sooner or later. You are swimming in their pool & if they get hungry....they eat LOL
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 13, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    Hope the Outer Banks will be near zero shark attacks from now on.
  • by uh Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    This is all part of our increasing gang violence problem. These sharks are lawless and disrespectful. I happen to know for a fact that they are Crips, because they can smell bloods and then they attack. There have been increasing instances of sharks driving through my neighborhood too, with their loud 2-note cello music blairing.. dun dun... dun dun... dun dun... dundundundundundun...
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      by Where is the NAASP on Jul 13, 2011 at 02:23 PM in reply to uh
      National Association for the Advancement of Shark People need to step in and protest. This is racial profiling! There are piranhas, Barracudas, Sea Turtles, Crabs, Jellyfish, etc. ..It's not just Sharks. You people should be ashamed, thinking there is only sharks in the water that kill people. And these poor sharks have families to feed. They don't have welfare or food stamps.
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        by Ratman on Jul 13, 2011 at 04:20 PM in reply to Where is the NAASP
        NAASP, you may be confusing those sharks with their evil cousins.....the land shark.They typically work and hang around courthouses and occasionally chase ambulances, are also known to incoherently babble ' I object!' to whom ever will listen....
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Jul 13, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Bet the girl with the chaawed up leg would agree that Topsail IS the hot-spot for shark bites!!
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Jul 13, 2011 at 03:34 AM
    Do these "officials" ever stop to think that this might be a changing trend, as side effect to the gulf oil disaster? Hmmm I'm betting NO. They want the tourists to come. "Spend your money here", make our PD richer, and our "realators happier". "work good last long time GI"! Stand by TOPSAIL! Your fearless leaders are about to drop a pretty penny paying for "consultants" and so called "experts" to prove the web site wrong. Can you say "TAXES"? Where is Jacques Cousteau and the Colypso when you need them?
  • by Fish bait on Jul 13, 2011 at 02:36 AM
    I read the Yahoo article and I've also seen the world wide shark attack database, and I've got to agree that Yahoo's claims are suspicious. Of the 50 states, by far the most attacks occur in Florida, followed by California and Hawaii. Last I checked, North Carolina was 5th or 6th. Why they singled out Topsail is unknown. I've not seen any evidence supporting their claims anywhere. (Source: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/isaf/graphs.htm#numbers )
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 02:18 AM
    Sooo.... if NC is second on the list for most US shark attacks in 2010, how is that not having the numbers to back up the claim..?
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      by Anon on Jul 13, 2011 at 04:41 AM in reply to
      I think it was more the singling out of Topsail Island than NC as a whole.
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