/Teen survives shark attack on North Carolina beach

Teen survives shark attack on North Carolina beach


The number of attacks has decreased dramatically this year amid the pandemic.

Just yards off a North Carolina beach, 16-year-old Nick Arthur was attacked by a shark.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon as the teen was jumping over waves on a sandbar.

Authorities took Arthur from the beach on Cape Hatteras to a nearby hospital where he was treated for the bite on his leg, according to the National Park Service. The injury was not life-threatening and he received stitches.

According to the University of Florida’s Florida Museum, shark attacks have decreased dramatically this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with only 18 worldwide since January 1, marking the lowest levels since 2005.

On average, there are about 80 attacks a year, globally.

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