Sharks Force Beach Closings in Palm Beach County

According to the University of Florida, Palm Beach has the third-highest number of shark attacks among Florida counties with 62.

See also: -Great White Sharks Spotted in Florida Waters

And apparently, Palm Beach swimmers are crazy delicious, because a large number of migrating sharks have been spotted swimming close to the shore at Midtown Beach, forcing beach closures.

*Thursday Update*: Sharks Realize Palm Beach Swimmers Aren't Going Into the Water, Move Back 

The schools of sharks have been spotted riding waves and searching for food. They're apparently returning north after migrating south for the winter.

Lifeguards who spotted the sharks put up red flags and closed the beach to swimmers.

According to lifeguard supervisor Craig Pollock, the species of shark spotted are mainly blacktips and spinners, which are known for jumping, which is both fascinating and terrifying.

"I saw something jump," said Allen Ginsberg, a visitor from New Jersey. "It looked like the shape of a shark, but I didn't believe it at first and thought it was a fish."


Shark researcher Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University who has been taking aerial surveys of the beach since 2011, says he's seen swimmers in the water with the sharks, although he wasn't specific on if the swimmers were aware of this or not. But we'd venture to guess they weren't.

"For the most part, Palm Beach County is fortunate because we have nice clear water usually," Kajiura said. "Sharks can see a person and distinguish it from prey."

So the lesson here is to not be afraid of the horde of hungry jumping surfing sharks invading our beaches, we guess. 

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