A man in his late 60s was attacked by a shark in North Carolina on Wednesday. It was the seventh such attack in the state this year.
The attack occurred on the Outer Banks’ Ocracoke Island. Officials say the man was swimming outside the first breaker when he came upon a gray shark, about 6-7 feet in length.
A county spokeswoman says the shark pulled the man under the water, and the swimmer sustained bites to his rib cage, hip, lower leg and both hands. The man was conscious and talking and was flown to a hospital for treatment.
According to the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, the Carolinas have had at least 10 shark attacks so far in 2015 — seven in North Carolina and three in South Carolina.
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