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Many start to notice the social media shark craze

Shannon Christian poses with a 6-foot nurse shark he caught in Huntington Beach. (Source: Shannon Christian) Shannon Christian poses with a 6-foot nurse shark he caught in Huntington Beach. (Source: Shannon Christian)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - People are starting to see how some of the recent viral pictures of sharks along the Carolinas coast are having a noticeable impact, especially to those visiting the area. Others feel sharks are the reality, whether the pictures circulating on social media are real or not.

"With all the shark craze, people are timid and kind of scared to go in the water," Mason Child said.

"They'll come to the beach, they'll hang out, but you don't see them going out like they normally would," Shannon Christian added. 

"It's serious, I've talked to people that live here, and they're not going in the water," Gary White explained. 

The White family is visiting from Pennsylvania, and admit they aren't going too far into the water either.

"My granddaughter, I told her, Hayley here, she can go in, below her knees is as high as the water can get. You know, that's it, we're going to play it safe. Better safe than sorry," White said. 

However, some feel the sharks are coming closer and closer to the shore. 

"I saw a picture from down here in Garden City, and they are in ankle deep water, and they are like pretty big sharks," Mason Child said. 

Mason Child says if you're up on the Surfside pier, sharks are not an unusual sight, especially because of the fisherman. 

"Then they throw the parts back that they don't want, and so there's always just huge adult sharks, probably like 5 to 6 feet, swimming around and they are like really easy to see," Child said. 

Child says some sharks are being caught but he's seen they are baby sharks, but Shannon Christian and his family were feeling a much stronger pull on their line. 

"We actually fish out here and down by Huntington Beach and all, and just two days ago, we caught a 6-foot nurse shark," Christian explained. 

Even though Christian says they caught the shark and released it back in the ocean, it's not affecting how he's feeling about diving in himself. 

"They're there, I think we are more likely to get hit out here on the streets, than we are to get bit out there," Christian said. 

Many of the people by the Surfside Pier Friday say they were seeing sharks up until it rained, but they've been going in the water, and haven't had any close calls. 

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