Friday, August 29, 2014

Surfer Bitten in Hand at Figure Eight Island, NC

Surfer bitten by shark off Figure Eight Island, NC
A 29-year-old surfer, Hunter Anderson, was bitten on his left hand on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 while surfing off Figure Eight Island, NC.

Anderson's stepfather, Bruce Wise, posted on his Facebook page that the unknown species of shark was about 6 feet in length. Anderson received medical treatment which included stitches.

According to Wise, Anderson has lived near the coast his entire life and is an accomplished surfer but this was a first.

Wise posted yesterday that Anderson is already back at work and is  "doing pretty good considering."

This is the second shark bite in this general area this week.

Hurricane Cristobal made an offshore pass of the Carolinas this week which created rough surf conditions and reduced visibility.  The poor visibility may very well have been a contributing factor as sharks use their mouth to test if something is a normal food source. A good rule of thumb is to use extra caution when entering the water during such conditions.

Photo and details from Bruce Wise FB page.  Photo was taken by Anderson's surf mate Austin Ray.