Florida Sharks

Sharks, And Lots Of Them Captured On Video By Florida Sheriff Near Gulf Beach

Every year, millions of tourists and residents visit Florida’s beaches and waterways, and these beaches and waterways will more than likely contain sharks.

According to experts, while there are no guaranteed ways to avoid shark attacks, understanding shark behavior could help you make better decisions on when and where to swim.

“It’s very important for people who visit Florida waters to be aware of their surroundings, understand the relative risks, and be educated on various shark issues such as behavior, biology, and fisheries,” says Brent Winner, scientist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI).

This week, Pasco County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit captured this video of sharks swimming near the Anclote Sandbar and Anclote Island.

“A day in the water is a fun way to beat our Florida heat, but it’s important to be aware of the dangers below the water as well as above,” said PSCO.

“This National Water Safety Month, familiarize yourself with the water safety tips below before heading into the water,” said PSO.

  • Be cautious of your surroundings.
  • Learn to swim and always swim with a buddy.
  • Keep a fully charged phone and first aid kit close by for emergencies.
  • Never leave children unattended in or near water.
  • Share these safety instructions with family and friends to help them

In Florida, sharks typically move inshore and north in the spring and summer, and offshore and south in fall and winter months.

This pattern explains why shark activity is at its peak in Florida waters during April through October, which coincidentally, is also the time period that humans are more likely to be in the water.

Yet shark attacks still remain very rare. Humans are 30 times more likely to be struck by lightning in Florida than to be bitten by a shark.

Experts agree that the increase in the number of shark attacks in recent years is more related to an increase in human visitors than to an increase in shark populations or activity.

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One Reply to “Sharks, And Lots Of Them Captured On Video By Florida Sheriff Near Gulf Beach”

  1. Humans are 30 times more likely to be struck by lightining–unless they spend a lot of time at the beaches. Brilliant example of how ‘statistics’ are misunderstood and manipulated.

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