Shark Attacks Still Rare, Despite N.C. Incidents: Experts

In the wake of two bloody shark attacks within hours on one North Carolina beach Sunday, experts insist the risk of bitten is low — and that lightning and bee stings are statistically far deadlier, NBC News reported. There were 52 shark attacks in the U.S. in 2014, but none of them were fatal, according to the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History. In the same time period, 26 people in the U.S. were killed by lightning strikes, according to the National Weather Service. Even so, cautious swimmers can reduce the risk of attacks by not swimming at dusk, eschewing shiny jewelry and bandaging any open cuts, according to Cindy Claus, director of Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

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