PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Beach towns nationwide are evaluating how best to keep beachgoers safe after a recent string of shark attacks off the North Carolina coast.
In the past two weeks, four people in the state have been bitten by sharks, but officials have been reluctant to close beaches and warn swimmers.
U.S. Lifesaving Association Chairman Chris Brewster said the decision to close beaches or issue warnings often comes down to the sharks’ behavior.
If sharks are exhibiting unusual behavior such as congregating close to shore or hanging out in areas they typically aren’t seen, then closing a beach and issuing warnings might be a good idea, he said.
Experts also say the beachgoers should use common sense and understand that when they enter the ocean they are in a strange environment.