North Carolina shark bite explanation: Attack science, and how to escape (VIDEO).

Are the Shark Bites in North Carolina Abnormal? How Do You Escape a Shark, Anyway?

Are the Shark Bites in North Carolina Abnormal? How Do You Escape a Shark, Anyway?

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July 9 2015 1:52 PM

Everything You Need to Know About Shark Bites in North Carolina

Plus: What to do if you get a finned visitor at the beach.

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Swimmers are seen in the water despite shark warning signs posted on the beach in the northern New South Wales city of Newcastle on January 17, 2015. Australian surfers and swimmers defied beach closures on the country's east coast on January 17, taking to the water despite repeated shark sightings over the past week and an attack on a teenage spearfisher. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

A shark bite off Surf City, North Carolina over the July 4 holiday marks the eighth incident between a swimmer and a shark in the state in the past month. Yes, that’s more than usual. But how much more? And is it really cause for nationwide alarm?

Watch the video above for everything you need to know about (exceedingly rare) shark bites in the United States, including what to do if you become the one of the 1 in 11.2 million Americans to have an encounter at the beach.

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