Posted by MATT McNAB on July 2, 2015
A Beaufort teenager is recuperating after she was bitten by a shark in North Carolina last month.
Makena Newsome was swimming off Ocean Isle Beach on June 11 when she kicked an object in the water, an object she later learned was a shark between four feet and six feet long, Newsome said Thursday.
The shark bit the 13-year-old's foot, opening wounds on her toes and the bottom of her foot, requiring 25 stitches to close.
Posted by REBECCA LURYE on July 1, 2015
As the Carolinas cope with a rash of shark attacks this summer, the Island Packet looked back on sharks' long history off our coast.
Posted on June 30, 2015
Alligators abound in the lagoons and freshwater ponds of Beaufort County. That can mean danger to small pets that wander too close to the bank. A reader submitted these photos of a kitten who came face to face with a small gator. Don't worry: There's no gore.
Posted on June 29, 2015
The mudflats in the Hunting Island State Park lagoon were thick with egrets and herons during a short, low-tide paddle trip June 28. Audience engagement editor Jeff Kidd spotted 16 species -- not a lot for a trip around Hunting Island -- but more than 70 individual wading and water birds, most having quite a bit of success feeding.
Posted by CAROLYN RENNIX on June 22, 2015
The Mossy Oaks owl has attacked again, nearly 10 days after it dove onto a 14-year-old girl outside the same home.
Posted by REBECCA LURYE on June 15, 2015
Despite shark attacks that severely injured two teenagers in North Carolina this weekend, experts say it's rare for local beachgoers to encounter aggressive species.