As winter continues to cling tenaciously to the last remaining weeks of winter, tourists flocking for sun and fun on Florida’s beaches are running into a little bit of a problem. That problem is shark-related. Sharks can go just about anywhere and survive in all sorts of odd conditions, but off the coast of Florida’s south Atlantic region, thousands of sharks have made beaches a no-go area. Spinner sharks are migrating from Boca Raton to Jupiter, Florida, and the beaches along that path are off limits for tourists.
“It’s dangerous. It’s not what you would expect. Families come out here to enjoy the weather, beach, and sand, but now they can’t. They have to travel a little bit further than they should,” said beachgoer Guirlene Exantus.
Sharks like the spinner shark usually bite about five or six people every year, and generally are not fatal bites. They do carry a risk of infection, however. Lifeguards suggest staying in shallow waters near the beach within the sight of lifeguards in order to ensure maximum safety; removing jewelry is also recommended as sharks are attracted by the glitter of silver and gold. If a beach is flying red flags, that means it is closed for swimming.
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