It was their yearly vacation and Gregory Phillips was with his family in Ocean Isle, NC doing what they do best, relaxing. Around dusk, Phillips and his mother were walking and collecting sea shells. The Chillicothe, Ohio Spanish teacher wasn’t looking, but the looming attacks on the teens from the past few days had everyone on guard. He heard a man yelling in the distance for his son to get in off his boogie board. Brad Reifler said that with panic, many people came to the shore to see the bull shark that was floating in 2-3 feet of water.
About 6 feet in length, the shark was swimming back and forth where the waves break. The quick thinking teacher got out his phone and started recording. What started as a video shared on Facebook with his family and friends went viral nationally in a short amount of time. The video was shown on the Today show this morning and Phillips and his family have appeared in the newspaper in Ocean Isle and also in Chillicothe.
No this is no ordinary vacation for the family, but I am sure it is one they will never forget. It’s amazing that so many sharks are making their way to the shoreline. While intriguing, it is also very scary. There are children on these beaches and planes patrolling in the sky. The once family oriented beaches have only a few people on them. Phillips and his family caught a break. According to him, his children were in the waters just a few minutes earlier.