Thousands of sharks near shore in Florida have panicked the Sunshine State officials this week, causing them to close down beaches across the area. As a result, swimmers have been forced out of the water for fear of being attacked.
The sharks are near the Florida shores because they’re migrating north after heading south for the winter.
Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University, studies shark migration. And according to the Daily Mail, Dr. Kajiura believes that due to the overwhelming number of sharks in the Florida waters, if a swimmer were to be in the water, the likelihood that they would be in the vicinity of a shark is highly likely.
“Coming into March, we're getting tens of thousands of sharks close to shore,” he said. ”In one flight from the Boca Raton Inlet to the Jupiter Inlet, we counted over 15,000 sharks less than 200 yards from shore,” he added.
“That's 1,000 sharks per square kilometer. If you were a swimmer, you would probably be within 60 feet of a shark,” said Dr. Kajiura.
There is nothing expected to be done about the sharks, so it appears they will peacefully be able to make their migration without being interfered with by humans.