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A rare shark attack incident in Kentucky that involved a dozen victims

Anita Durairaj

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Kentucky is a landlocked state. It is one of 27 landlocked states in the United States in that it does not touch any large body of water such as a bay, ocean, or gulf.

Shark attacks almost never happen in landlocked states except in extremely rare cases.

In a recent incident, Colorado governor, Jared Polis, pointed out how his state had the fewest shark attacks in the U.S. He produced a map showing the number of shark attacks in each state. In a surprising twist, the map revealed that Kentucky had one shark attack incident.

Kentucky's shark attack incident was reported to have occurred in 2006 at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky. There were no fatalities but people were bitten in the incident.

In 2006, the Underwater Times reported that a dozen people walked out of the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky, wearing bandaids. The dozen people had been interacting with the sharks at Newport's Shark Central Exhibit. The exhibit involved people touching and "petting" the sharks. The sharks were anywhere from 2 feet to 8 feet long. Even babies as young as 8 months were allowed to touch the sharks.

Fortunately, the shark bites were not serious and were described as paper-cut like bites although some of the bites drew blood.

Questions about safety arose after the incident but the aquarium claimed that the shark petting exhibit was safe.

In general, shark attacks in the U.S. are very rare with only a one in five million chance of being attacked. In Kentucky, there are almost no chances of being attacked by a shark unless you were to visit an aquarium.

Sources: KOAT Action News, Underwater Times

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