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:
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To learn more:
- Read the whole story from NBC Miami: Thousands of Sharks Migrate Off South Florida Coast
- Check out this article from The Guardian: Florida beaches close as sharks invade coastal waters
- See more footage from USA Today: Raw: Thousands of sharks swim down Fla. coast
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