The recent spate of shark bites, especially along the coast of North Carolina, has left the nation grappling with the reality that there are an abundance of sharks in the same oceans in which we swim. As many call for the closure of beaches over the holiday weekend (and some call for the euthanization of sharks), experts are speaking out in an attempt to set the record straight about the cause of recent shark bites.
The leading explanation is actually pretty simple: many experts believe that a rise in sea turtle and herring numbers around North Carolina beaches has attracted more sharks to the region.
"From a scientist's standpoint, you have a maximum amount of bait in that area this time of year, the summer's peak. And occasionally... these sharks that come in all around that life get confused -- and you're starting to see more of the typical kind of bite and release type of events that occur up and down the coast regularly every summer," OCEARCH chairman Chris Fischer told Fox Business.