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Three men catch 7-foot shark on Outer Banks

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jun 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-29 18:45:44-04

Outer Banks, NC - Three men made a startling discovery while on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

While children were only a few feet away, these men caught  a 7-foot shark.

After bringing it ashore for a few moments, the shark was then released back into the waters.

According to the video's caption, it swam away unharmed.

"My first thought was it's pretty crazy. But actually when you look at it closely, they were just fishing off the beach. It looked like the guys that were doing it had done it before."

That's coming from Brian Dorn. He's the director of Operations and Husbandry for the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo.  He says the shark in the video is a sand tiger shark.

The woman who took the video says it was recorded the most recent shark attack in the Outer Banks.

On Saturday, in Waves, a teen was bitten while trying to save children from a shark. He was just released from the hospital.

Plus, there were more bites in the southern part of the state.

We asked Dorn if people should be staying out of the water.

He said, "No I don't [think so.] I think just being aware of your surroundings, know that they're there, look for the signs, and be smart about it."

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