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Study: Coastal sharks bouncing back from years of overfishing

A study shows several shark populations are making a comeback on the coast after decades of over-fishing wiped them out. (Source: WECT) A study shows several shark populations are making a comeback on the coast after decades of over-fishing wiped them out. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WSFX) -

Scientists have discovered a growing abundance of six species of coastal sharks after years of overfishing threatened their populations.

The study, published in February, comes just in time for tourist season in southeastern North Carolina. Shark experts and advocates want beachgoers to develop respect for the ocean's top predator instead of fear they say can be perpetrated by what we see in movies.

The experts also want swimmers to know the "Do's and Don'ts" if you encounter a shark.

Fox Wilmington's Connor DelPrete sat down with a member of ocean rescue, the director of an aquarium and a man who wants to swim with every shark before he dies.

He will bring you their stories and their tips for beach goers May 3 on Fox Wilmington News at 10.

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