Close call: shark bites surfer’s board on Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) — It was a close call for one surfer on Folly Beach.

News 2 received pictures from the Ocean Surf Shop showing the aftermath of an apparent surfboard shark attack.

Jack O’Neill says he was swimming out to catch a wave when the shark, which he estimates to be about 8 feet long, chomped down on his board, biting off a chunk of it. Luckily, Jack was able to escape without any injuries and he swam to shore.

We spoke with a shark expert at the South Carolina Aquarium. Arnold Postell tells us that sharks do not want to bite or even interact with humans. It’s all a case of mistaken identity.

“We are just not on the food chain for sharks,” Postell said.  “They don’t like everything they eat. So most of the time, it’s a single bite. The shark realizes that it’s not their normal food so they let it go and continue hunting,” Postell added.

So how can you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? Postell says look at your surroundings and look out for “active” fish.

If there’s a lot of fish jumping, sharks could be there as well, looking for food. Also, if there are fisherman on the beach or pier close to you, sharks could be attracted to the bait. Postell adds not to be afraid to go into the water, just be mindful of your surroundings.

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