Thousands of sharks have been spotted swimming off of the coast in Florida.
A video taken by Florida Atlantic University biological sciences professor Stephen Kajiura shows blacktip sharks migrating into the waters of Palm Beach for the winter season. Kajiura has been monitoring the movement of the sharks since January 15, but the newest development was only brought to light after he took the footage at a height of 5000 feet.
Speaking with WPEC, he said, “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.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that no fatal attack has occurred.
Named after the black markings on their fins, the species of sharks are commonly found in South Carolina to Texas, where there are warmer coastal waters, Daily Mail reports.
Blacktips are known to migrate in search for warmer conditions during winters. This occurs during their mating season. Kajiura said that this phenomenon occurs every year, and that beach-goers should not be afraid. “Hopefully this is great outlet to inform the public… the sharks are not out to get you,” he said. He added that sharks rarely bite humans in Florida.
“We have relatively few bites on people compared to the number of sharks,” he said.