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Swimmers react to shark bite on Isle of Palms

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A man is recovering after being bitten by a shark at the Isle of Palms. Officials say he had a 3-4 inch bite on his foot. This shark bite comes after a shark bite on Kiawah Island earlier this summer.

This most recent bite took place Tuesday afternoon.

This incident took place a few blocks away from Isle of Palms County Park. Cole Thomas is the Assistant Manager of the park. She says while rare, sharks are in area waters, "the ocean's their habitat. If you see them, I'd exit the water."

Even though she has worked at the park for about six years, "I've never actually experienced a shark bite, to be honest. I've never actually seen one physically. Other than seeing them in TV or in pictures or whatnot."

Swimmers we spoke to are not very concerned. Selena Albrecht spent part of the afternoon Wednesday riding waves on boogie boards, "I honestly, I just know that it's part of the inherent risk of swimming in the ocean."

Her niece Cassandra learned there is a bigger risk of being stung by a jellyfish in these waters. Cassandra explains what happened to her a few hours ago, "I just like, was having fun and then all of a sudden it just like stung me, and I freaked out."

Selena was there next to Cassandra when it happened, "it just kind of traveled through the wave that we were riding on, and she was like, ‘oh… ‘ I honestly thought it was a shark, because I've never seen her in that kind of pain, so it was kind of scary."

She is being treated for the sting, that Selena says is part of beach life, "like I told her, it's kind of a rite of passage. Hate to say it. But yeah, I'm more concerned about that than any shark."

Sharks are common in all Lowcountry coastal waters. Neither of the shark bites on the Isle of Palms or Kiawah this summer were life threatening.

You can learn more about sharks on DHEC's website, http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/mrri/shark.html.

You can learn about shark bites here in South Carolina, and around the world at the following link, http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/isaf/graphs.htm

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