Sharks Put Scare Into Spring Break Beaches
Thousands spotted near shore in later-than-normal migration
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2013 4:31 PM CST
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(Newser) – Thousands of visitors are swarming to beaches in South Florida, but not the kind welcomed by the chamber of commerce: sharks. Their annual migration up the East Coast is taking place later than usual this year, coinciding with the start of spring break season, reports ABC News. Several beaches had to close earlier this week, reports the Palm Beach Post, though all were back open as of today. Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have counted 15,000 sharks so far, most within 200 yards of shore. The most common are blacktip and spinner sharks, about 4 to 5 feet long.

But it's not all gloom and doom: "The sharks are drawing attention for their natural showmanship, as well," writes Patrik Jonsson at the Christian Science Monitor. "They're often seen making spinning jumps out of the water. And thanks to the clear water and white sands of south Florida, they're easy to spot and view, especially for lifeguards from their elevated chairs."

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blackotter
Mar 8, 2013 4:32 PM CST
just god's way of dealing with those spring visiting heathens
SportsBrah
Mar 8, 2013 7:46 AM CST
Spinners and black tips? Weak. Those aren't even dangerous. Let me know when they start getting great whites, bulls and tiger sharks. Amazing how people think that just seeing any type of shark is dangerous. Are we THAT stupid?
Scaramouche
Mar 7, 2013 11:06 PM CST
That's what you get for being young and carefree, ya little bastards.