We hate to ruin your mid-winter trip down south, but if you’re headed for Florida, you may want to steer clear of any beaches.
Literally tens of thousands of blacktip sharks have amassed off of the sunshine state’s south eastern coast in search of warmer waters. Researchers have been busy documenting their movement, which has given them the opportunity to snap some pretty epic photos:
“Lucky paddle boarder (lower left) about to encounter hundreds of sharks,” the post’s caption reads.
Now, we’re not sure if we’d call that person “lucky.” Blacktip sharks do attack people, and they’re likely responsible for the bulk of shark bites in Florida (although none of them have been fatal…yet). Still, rates of attacks are low, and most of the sightings have been recorded at Palm Beach.
At the very least, this makes us just a little more grateful to be up here in chilly Canada. You can see the sharks in action in the video at the top of the article.
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