Thousands of spinner sharks hit Florida

February 8, 2011 | Environment
Sharks: they love Florida

Thousands of sharks were photographed migrating through the coastal waters off Palm Beach, Florida, by a fast-thinking helicopter pilot who caught the action on his phone’s video camera.

Most are about 100 yards offshore, but many are swimming right to where waves break onshore. Beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida have closed, as the sharks are expected to be around for a couple of weeks.

Most of the sharks are Blacktip and Spinner sharks, which are not considered man-eaters, but have been known to bite. Small groups were even spotted around swimmers who showed no fear or awareness of the danger.

More than 100,000 sharks are thought to be infesting the waters of Florida.

Source: Surfrider Foundation

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