By Alexandra Sifferlin
June 27, 2015

Two new shark attacks were reported in North Carolina and South Carolina on Friday.

According to The Charlotte Observer, a 47-year-old man was bitten by a shark in Avon, N.C. and was being treated for leg and lower back injuries. Also on Friday, a man was bitten by a shark while swimming off of Hunting Island in South Carolina.

The latest shark bites come after four other recent attacks in North Carolina. On June 14, a 16-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl were both attacked by sharks within an hour and a half of each other in Oak Island, N.C. Both kids lost part of their arms.

Though the recent cases are certainly a nerve-wracking trend for beach-goers, shark attacks are still considered rare. None of the attacks in the U.S. in the past year were fatal. Sixty-five percent of the them involved surfers or people doing board sports and 32% involved people who were swimming.

 

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