These 10,000 Sharks May Keep You From Swimming On Your Trip To Florida

We all know that Shark Week doesn’t start until late July, but sharks seem to be having their own beach week right now. A whopping 10,000 of them have been migrating from Palm Beach to Jupiter, Florida, since February 12.

It’s not unheard of for sharks to gather like this, but never have there been so many of them this close to shore in the Sunshine State — and they usually congregate a lot farther south. What’s going on here?

This is just a small portion of the 10,000 sharks that are migrating along the coast of Florida. The sharks are so close that you can literally throw a stone from shore and hit one.

Dr. Stephen Kajiura of Florida Atlantic University says that the reason why these sharks are so far north has to do with rising ocean temperatures. Why swim farther south when the water is just as nice where they are?

Here is an aerial shot of the shoreline.

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Sharks off Palm Beach, FL

Fantastic aerial survey flight this morning. Thousands of sharks off Palm Beach and up to Jupiter. Very few sharks spotted from Miami to Palm Beach. Really looking forward to instrumenting some sharks with transmitters tomorrow. Original 4K video uploaded for viewing – be sure to watch in HD.

Posted by FAU Shark Migration on Friday, February 12, 2016

For those of you who are still hoping to swim along Florida’s coast without becoming lunch, don’t worry. Blacktip sharks are notoriously afraid of humans. That being said, don’t try to hang out with them. They’re still sharks, after all.

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