Sharks in the Surf - Myrtle Beach, SC
A Few Chompers I Have Found
Soft white sand, seagulls, pretty shells, kids playing in the waves, bodies soaking up the sun, friends playing volleyball and bocce. These are all things you expect to see when you visit the beach. You expect to see the big high-rise motels, and the ferris wheels. You expect to smell coconut suntan oils and salty air. You may even expect to find a few shark teeth. HUH? Shark teeth? Yes, Virginia, there are sharks out there. And all kinds of other loathsome creatures.
What Lies Beneath
A month or so ago there were hundreds of jellyfish washing up on shore. At least this way one can see them. They are almost invisible in the ocean current and can cause nasty stings if encountered while playing in the waves. By the way, if you should happen to get stung by a jelly fish webmd.com suggests pouring vinegar on the sting to stop the toxins from releasing and then shaving the area with a razor to remove spores. Who takes vinegar and razors to the beach? Your best bet is dousing with salt water and scraping with one of those pretty seashells that you found. I have heard it suggested to actually pee on the sting to stop the toxins. Well, you probably already did that the moment you were stung, right?
There are many species of shark found in shallow water. The spinner shark is an extremely fast swimmer. They get up to about 6 feet long and up to 125 pounds, Just a little taller and slimmer than the writer of this article. The lemon shark is more likely to be seen in the warmer months as they are in their migration phase. Isn't that most likely when people will be in the water as well? The black tip shark uses the shallow waters as nursing grounds for their new pups. Ever seen a SHARK protecting it's young? WHEW! Sand sharks are ferocious looking sharks with protruding teeth. They also stay near the shoreline, hence their name. I don't know about you, but I prefer swimming in swimming pools where these creatures do not reside. Here at Myrtle beach there have been about 6 reported shark bites this month of June. Not very many, one might think, considering the amount of swimmers, but I still don't like the odds.
Black Tip Sharks at Myrtle Beach
Other Creatures To Avoid
There are many other sea creatures with teeth. Bluefish have been known to bite swimmers and surfers. Flounder have teeth, although a bite to a human is rare. There are hundreds of countless others that are far too many to mention. Blue crab are abundant and their claws really pack a wallop. If you can catch the blue crab before they catch you, they are mighty good eating!
I honestly am not trying to scare my readers away from the beach. Please always use common sense when in the ocean. Always exit the water if told to do so. If you feel something brush you, it is a good idea to exit. Never go in alone. Talk to the lifeguards. They usually know about recent shark activity in the area. Never swim where there are schools of fish. Larger fish feed on these and you may be mistaken for one of these tasty morsels. Be safe, Have fun.
© 2012 Cynthia
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