Jess

Vinton, VA

#1 Aug 6, 2013
My family is coming to Caswell Beach in a few weeks for vacation. After reading the post about shark sightings and alligators, I'm wondering if these sighting are common for these beaches or do there seem to be more this summer than in the past. This makes me a little nervous. I know the ocean is full of sharks but it seems that they are being spotted in very shallow water. Does anyone know how often sharks are spotted near the beach in this area?
NC GATOR LOVER

Winston Salem, NC

#2 Aug 6, 2013
Jess wrote:
My family is coming to Caswell Beach in a few weeks for vacation. After reading the post about shark sightings and alligators, I'm wondering if these sighting are common for these beaches or do there seem to be more this summer than in the past. This makes me a little nervous. I know the ocean is full of sharks but it seems that they are being spotted in very shallow water. Does anyone know how often sharks are spotted near the beach in this area?
Yes, of course it is common to see sharks at the beaches of Brunswick County, along with dolphins, jelly fish, sting rays, etc. It's their home. There are also many alligators to be found on Oak Island, in nearby Southport and other areas of Brunswick County. You just have to remember, if you go into the ocean, you are stepping into THEIR territory. As far as I know, no one has been bitten by a shark OR an alligator in Brunswick County. It's fairly common for people to be stung by jelly fish though. The best way for you to be 100% safe is to stay out of the ocean and play in the pool. And if you see an alligator, leave it alone. Generally speaking, if you don't bother our wildlife residents, they won't bother you.
OKI

Lexington, KY

#3 Aug 7, 2013
I've been visiting OKI for over 10 years and have never seen a gator. We have seen small sharks in the surf and even caught some off the pier. They are out there, not doubt about it. I think the area that most people are talking about is a channel of water that runs at the end of OKI and between Holden beach. This is probably an area where lots of fish / sea life hang out thus more sharks will be in the area. I would simply follow the recommended protocol for swimming in the ocean. Swim in groups, don't wear certain colors or jewelry, dont swim around piers.
NC GATOR LOVER

Winston Salem, NC

#4 Aug 7, 2013
OKI wrote:
I've been visiting OKI for over 10 years and have never seen a gator. We have seen small sharks in the surf and even caught some off the pier. They are out there, not doubt about it. I think the area that most people are talking about is a channel of water that runs at the end of OKI and between Holden beach. This is probably an area where lots of fish / sea life hang out thus more sharks will be in the area. I would simply follow the recommended protocol for swimming in the ocean. Swim in groups, don't wear certain colors or jewelry, dont swim around piers.
Good advice! It's just not feasible for any one to think that there aren't sharks at OKI. There are several alligators in and around OKI and SPT (Brunswick County). I think I read that at last count there were close to 2000. You just have to know where to look. They hide themselves pretty well. About the only time you'll actually see an alligator over and over (at the same spot), is when people are feeding them. Unfortunately, people choose not to follow the law. It's illegal to feed them OR harass them. It's easy to tell when an alligator has been fed, because these same people also leave their trash behind (empty containers, wrappers, etc.). It's also these same group of law breakers who throw things at the alligators (bottles, cans, cigarettes, etc.), trying to get a reaction out of them. I'm not sure if the NC Wildlife turns their head due to not wanting to arrest or fine tourists, but it certainly doesn't look like they are doing enough about it. That's when alligators become dangerous...when they associate food with humans. I think we as humans have a responsibility to respect and live with all types of wild animals. I am so happy that I live in a state where I can actually go and observe, admire (and sometimes photograph) alligators in their natural habitat. I hope that will always be the case. I don't want to have to go to an aqaurium or a zoo to see what I consider our last living dinosaurs. And if that means tourists and residents having to be extra careful and take certain precautions in the water, then it's a good thing for all of us.
LRod

Charlotte, NC

#5 Aug 16, 2013
Jess wrote:
My family is coming to Caswell Beach in a few weeks for vacation. After reading the post about shark sightings and alligators, I'm wondering if these sighting are common for these beaches or do there seem to be more this summer than in the past. This makes me a little nervous. I know the ocean is full of sharks but it seems that they are being spotted in very shallow water. Does anyone know how often sharks are spotted near the beach in this area?
Hi Jess,
Did you go visit? Our family will be going there soon, we have 3 children. I was wondering how the weather was and how was the area? I am very much like you, I take NC Gator's advice and stay out of there home. I admire from afar and enjoy the pool :) Hope you had a great time!
Debbie in VA and NC

Gore, VA

#6 Aug 18, 2013
How sad to deny yourself and your children the wonderful ocean. How sad for them not to know the joy of riding a wave or diving through a wave, of sand shifting through their toes and wondering where it is going. I have been going to the ocean all my life (over 60 years) and have raised my children to enjoy the ocean: swimming, body surfing, surfing, kayaking, boogey boarding, etc., but also to respect the ocean and all its dangers. You must be able to tell the difference between a porpoise fin and a shark fin and to get out of the surf when you recognize fish are jumping out of the water because they are being chased by something larger than them. Alligators in the surf are very rare. Allow your children to get to know the surf and feel the joy of the sun and the surf and see the beauty of the beach and not to fear what we can not see.
ralph

Ironton, OH

#7 Aug 20, 2013
Had a nice size one go under my kayak this year while sitting outside the surf.!0 minutes later it started hitting something again and again in surf. Saw it roll at least 10 times. Pretty cool, caught a lot of little sharks from shore
Cassidee

Cornelius, NC

#8 Aug 12, 2014
Me and my family go to oak island every single year.I was literally 4 days old when I first went to oak island, its such a great place!!!!!!!!!!I have never seen any alligators there at all, although one time we were at the beach and my dad was teaching me to balance on the surfboard. I was all the way up when I saw a. jellyfish right beside my board, I wasn't very good at balancing at the time so I fell forward, luckily my leg just missed the jellyfish, I wasn't suprised to see it though because the day before we were on the sand when I heard a kid scream, the family was right beside mine and the kid ran up saying he had been stung by a jellyfish. I saw it on the local news later that day, that didn't happen very often though. Anyway, sharks havnt really been a problem either, they are mostly baby sharks if you catch one on the sand. I've only ever heard of small bites that's usually the worst the "attacks" get. I've never heard of any one in this area ever getting seriously hurt by a shark. Only one time have I ever caught a big shark, one day on the beach I was fishing and I caught a 6 foot bull shark. Unfortunutely, for me , it snapped the line just as it reached my feet in the sand along the shore, I had never gotten a good look at it, but it was really exciting, but that was very unusual. Oak island, holden, and caswell are overall good beaches. oh and btw if your looking for a good place to have some really good seafood, go to jones seafood!!!!!!!!!!they're hshpuppies are amazing, and if your looking fr good bait, go to cems seafood!!!!!!
Cassidee

Cornelius, NC

#9 Aug 12, 2014
LRod wrote:
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Hi Jess,
Did you go visit? Our family will be going there soon, we have 3 children. I was wondering how the weather was and how was the area? I am very much like you, I take NC Gator's advice and stay out of there home. I admire from afar and enjoy the pool :) Hope you had a great time!
the weather there is usually great, their might be a few thunderstorms though. Oak island is a great place for familys with kids,there is alwas nice people good weather and great beaches. When there is a thunderstorm, stay out of the water and off the beaches. On the beach, during a storm the wind will be blowing hard s sand will blow up on yo and get in your eyes and sting your skin, and the water will have strong currents and you could get pulled out into the ocean and could drown you, also lightning is generally attracted to water.
jack custard

Jackson, TN

#10 Sep 25, 2014
I once was swimming with a shark. But it didn't last long; he had a client who was due in court.

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