RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There have been seven people attacked by sharks along the North Carolina coast in the past three weeks, the most recorded in one year since the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File began keeping records 80 years ago. The highest previous total was five attacks in 2010.
Here are details of the attacks:
— June 11: A 13-year-old girl suffered small cuts to her foot at Ocean Isle Beach.
— June 15: A 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her arm and suffered a leg injury and a 16-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, Colorado, lost his left arm less than 90 minutes later and about 2 miles away off the town of Oak Island. Each victim was about 20 yards offshore.
— June 24: An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries to his lower leg, heel and ankle while swimming in knee-deep water in Surf City.
— June 26: A 47-year-old man was bitten multiple times on the back in the surf off Avon on Hatteras Island.
— June 27: An 18-year-old man suffered injuries to his right calf, buttocks and both hands while swimming with others in shallow water off the Hatteras Island town of Waves. He was taken to a Norfolk, Virginia, hospital in critical condition.
— July 1: A 68-year-old man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off a shark in waist-deep water at around midday on Ocracoke Island.