Florida coastal waters invaded by Blacktip sharksAmy Walsh (Author) Published Date : Feb 15, 2016 15:13 ET
An unbelievable new video shows tens of thousands of sharks just off the Palm Beach County coastline.
FAU biological sciences professor Dr. Stephen Kajiura who has been featured on Shark Week captured the video 500' above the clear, blue Atlantic on Friday morning.
He shot the video as part of his weekly aerial black tip shark migration surveys covering the coastline from Miami Beach north to the Jupiter Inlet.
He also saw high concentrations off the Jupiter Inlet. Why are sharks attracted to Palm Beach County That's one of the questions Kajiura will try to answer during his studies of the black tip shark migratory patterns while the creatures are off Palm Beach County these next few months.
Blacktips are named by the black markings on the tips of their fins and are usually around 5 feet tall. These sharks feed on fish, stingrays and squids and are commonly found in tropical and subtropical worldwide. Every winter, during the mating season, sharks move to warmer parts of the ocean and tend to stay in north during the summer.
It's so cool, he told CBS12. There are literally tens of thousands of sharks a stone's throw away from our shoreline. You could throw a pebble and literally strike a shark. They are that close.
Kajiura noted that he saw very few sharks south of Boynton Beach and in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
However, he said, From Palm Beach to Singer Island, it was loaded, literally tens of thousands of sharks.
Even though we have this huge number of sharks tens of thousands of them immediately adjacent to shore here in South Florida we have relatively few bits, said Kajiura. When you consider the number of people in the water and the number of sharks in the water you d think there would be a lot of interaction.
Kajiura says that the first blacktip shark spotted around Miami Beach in mid-January this year. Since then, thousands of packs of sharks are reported in the area of the ocean.
Researchers are taking it as an opportunity to study more about the migration patterns of the shark as they are planning to tag them acoustic transmitters.
Florida coastal waters invaded by Blacktip sharks