The water in Myrtle Beach is slightly warmer in August than in July. In August, the crowds start to get smaller, because southern schools start earlier than in the north. The sand is hot, but you jump in the water, and it’s like stepping into one big bath tub. Although from New York, I am not afraid to admit I hate swimming in cold water.
But do sharks come in with the warm water? Well, depends. We had a cool opportunity to see the beach cleared because of shark sightings, captured below.
As we’re sitting on our balcony, my son says, “What’s that?” We ran downstairs and found a large black slick floating sometimes feet from shore. I had no idea what it was. There was also a fellow floating out a ways, and unbeknownst to him, a different black slick was floating his way. It hit him, and with a panicked look in his face, he paddled–and fast–to shore. Seconds later, the whistle blew and life guards up and down the beach called everyone in.
A slick of bait fish perilously close to shore
The whistles blow, and the crowds wait for the coast to clear
Dorsal fins were spotted
The black patches??? Bait fish! Sharks follow the bait. A 10 year old boy had a confirmed shark attack in July, 2010.
We heard lots of larger splashes rise up in those slicks of bait fish, and even saw dorsal fins. But we couldn’t tell if they were shark fins or dolphin fins. And to get a closer look wasn’t something we were about to do!