HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY -- Close encounters with sharks along the Atlantic Coast have some beachgoers along the Gulf Coast on high alert as they celebrate Independence Day.
“We were just out there playing and my friend wanted to go out farther and I was like no way I don't want to be shark bait today," said Lindsey Hughey.
There have been at least 10 attacks in North and South Carolina since June. Seven attacks happened in North Carolina.
Experts with the Marine Conservation Lab at the University of Miami said shark migration, a buffet of nesting sea turtles and warmer, saltier water could attract more sharks to the beach.
"A lot of people are utilizing the beach and this time of year we also have the migration of a lot of coastal species," said Chris Panko of the Marine Conservation Lab at the University of Miami.
Not everyone has sharks on their mind, while celebrating the holiday.
“I wouldn't have my girls here if I was afraid of sharks," said beachgoer Chris Cronin.
Experts said humans aren't the targets for sharks and the attacks have been unfortunate accidents.
"Any shark bite on purpose is pretty rare, is a rare occurrence. To have all these bites occurring recently is very unusual," said Panko.
Beachgoers said they are still going to be cautious as they celebrate in the waters along the Gulf Coast.
"You never know like they say anytime you're out there about 100 yards away from you so you've got to keep your eye out," said beachgoer Michael Oglesby.