Thousands of sharks are swimming near shore in Palm Beach, Florida. People reports that Blacktip sharks are so close to the surface that if anyone throws a pebble in the water, they’d mostly likely hit one!
It’s that time of year in which sharks are migrating and making more of a presence. As swimmers, surfers, and beachgoers plan their water activities, they’re a bit wary of these sea creatures.
A video of the sharks near shore were filmed by Florida Atlantic University biological sciences professor, Stephen Kajiura. He spotted the sharks while filming his weekly aerial Blacktip shark migration surveys. The event covers migration on the coastline from Miami Beach north to the Jupiter Inlet, according to CBS12.
“It’s so cool,” Kajiura said. “There are literally tens of thousands of sharks a stone’s throw away from our shoreline. You could throw a pebble and literally strike a shark. They are that close.”
— People Magazine (@people) February 15, 2016
Blacktips account for the vast majority of shark bites that happen in Florida, but there has never been a fatal attack the species in this region, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Kajiura said although there are”literally tens of thousands of sharks” from Palm Beach to Singer Island, he shares that there aren’t that many south of Boynton Beach and in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
It’s unclear why thousands of sharks are swimming near shore in Palm Beach, but that’s one of the questions the expert hopes to answer as he continues studying the Blacktip migration pattern over the course of the next few months.
It’s noted in People’s report that in 2015, there were 98 shark attacks, which was an increase in the number documented of 88 back in 2000. Florida alone had 30.