8-year old boy bitten by shark at Bald Head Island

Boy, 8, mauled by shark off North Carolina beach

It seems that with temperatures on the rise and more people swimming, shark attacks have started to seriously increase in frequency, particularly off the coast of North Carolina.

Dean Davis, whose family travels to Bald Head Island each summer from Kentucky, told the outlet he was shocked to hear what happened.

The boy is being treated for multiple puncture wounds, but he's expected to make a full recovery.

Paige Winter, seen in this undated photo, was attacked by a shark on June 2, 2019. While we don't know the boy's identity, we do know that he was bitten in the leg and was immediately rushed to hospital. Her wounds were significantly more serious: She lost almost the entirety of her left leg, and two fingers.

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According to Village Manager Chris McCall, the call came in around 4 p.m. Sunday from South Beach on Bald Head Island.

An unnamed eight-year-old child is the latest North Carolina beachgoer to encounter a shark.

"I think with this situation I can transform it into something that's not like "oh, how tragic, 17-year-old lost a leg.' No, 17-year-old lost a leg, and we're poppin", Winter asserted with confidence via video from the medical center. Austin Reed (right) was bitten while surfing at Ocean Isle Beach on June 10.

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