The sharks are heading north after migrating to the south for the winter in such droves that experts believe swimmers could be within 60 feet of a shark while in the water in the Palm Beach area. Several beaches have been closed to swimmers as red flags dot the sand.
Craig Pollock, a lifeguard superviser at Midtown Beach, told the Palm Beach Daily News that Tuesday was the the first day he has seen the sharks out in such massive numbers. 'We got here this morning and they were thick, really thick,' he said on Tuesday. 'They were frenzied and chasing bait all the way up to shore. They were practically right on the sand.'
'That's 1,000 sharks per square kilometer. If you were a swimmer, you would probably be within 60 feet of a shark.' The most commonly spotted sharks are spinners and blacktips, but the team has also observed hammerheads, tigers, lemons and bulls. They will distribute along the East Coast as far north as North Carolina, he said. Kajiura added that when he flies over the areas, he can see swimmers close to the sharks, yet said the animals are unlikely to bite anyone.
Experts say swimmers can protect themselves from being bitten by a shark by swimming along beaches where lifeguards are working. Scientists say sharks are attracted to silver and the colors yellow and gold, so jewellery should be left on the shore. The only suspected shark bite in the area so far this year was on February 10 when Cole Taschman, 16, was bitten on the hand while surfing near Chastain Beach. He needed 12 stitched.
Source: Wptv: Sharks, YouTube: ITN