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Sharks in the Surf - Myrtle Beach, SC

Updated on August 7, 2013
Spinner shark in the surf.
Spinner shark in the surf. | Source
Lemon shark
Lemon shark | Source
Black tip shark
Black tip shark | Source
Sand shark on the shore
Sand shark on the shore | Source

A Few Chompers I Have Found

Beautiful Beach

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!

jelly fish
jelly fish

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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      Cynthia 2 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Don't worry, I don't swim in that water. Only in pools. I have been brushed on the leg by too many creatures to go back in the ocean. :)

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      Brenda 2 years ago

      They out flags up to warn you when sharks are spotted in water. Red flag do not enter water. Always look to see if there is a flag by lifeguard or in general area where your swimming. People fishing on piers usually spot sharks before simmered and sound alarm. They act quickly.

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      mb visitor 5 years ago

      Wow this is very interesting. We vac at Mb often. I will be more alert of my surroundings!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      The most memorable thing for me is me and my husband were out in the surf and a stingray swam right beside of us. I think we ran on top of the water getting away from it!!!!!!

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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      Me too!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Wow! What an adventure to remember! I am glad you got away!

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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      One of the most scariest times that I have ever experienced was scuba diving with my brother off of Catalina Island in Southern California. We were feeding the fish, when suddenly they vanished. Not a fish in sight. We got an eerie feeling and looked around to see two Great Whites about 8 and 10 feet long each. Needless to say, we exited the water as soon as possible!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Thanks kj!

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      " SHARKS "...Biggest fear when going into the eastern beaches..all those years of surfing/snorkeling/scuba and deep sea diving..ACK.. what was I thinking ? Now I do my swimming in my pool, when we go to our beach house on west coast..I walk ( with my walker) or sit on a lounge with a nice cold drink...and use the neighbors pool !!!great hub, thanks for the heads up for beachgoers !!!!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Thank you for reading and commenting Astra Nomik. Yes. The sea is their home and they are just doing what sharks do. :0)

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      Cathy Nerujen 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I am so glad there are no sharks where I live. People there should be so careful when bathing in the water. Sharks are scary creatures. I feel bad when I see even the dead one on the beach. The sea is their home. Great hub.

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Yes it is quite murky. More so some times than others. I guess that is what makes it so dangerous, you can't see what you are stepping into or what is swimming around you. My husband actually caught a stingray off of the surf last week. Unnerving to say the least. I wade. Nothing more.

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      cryptid 5 years ago from Earth

      Interesting. I don't usually worry about the sharks when I'm in the water, but I'm usually somewhere where the water is clear enough to see them if they're around. Along the murky east coast I agree it can be a little unnerving sometimes.