Spring Break Disrupted by Shark Migration

Written by on March 10, 2013 in Marine Life, Sharks
Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus).

Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus). Photo credit: Albert Kok.

In South Florida for spring break? Double check to make sure the beaches are open…

Several beaches along the coastline of South Florida were closed last week as thousands of sharks migrated offshore. While most beaches are open again now, scientists say this could happen again throughout the month as the sharks migrate northward again after spending the winter down south.

These sharks, blacktips and spinners, do not pose much of a risk to humans, but officials feel it’s better to be safe than sorry. According to the International Shark Attack File, blacktip sharks have only been involved in 28 unprovoked attacks, while spinners have only been involved in 13. None of these resulted in any fatalities. Blacktips are responsible for about 16% of human-shark interactions in Florida, but typically only result in minor bite wounds.

Watch this video from NBC Miami to see the sharks in the water and learn more about the beach closures:

View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com.

To learn more:

Spinner shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna).

Spinner shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna). Photo credit: NOAA.

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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