Chilling video shows 50 hungry sharks circling shallow waters off busy coast

The terrifying footage shows dozens of hungry sharks spotted just over 30 miles from Tampa, Florida, in the US, and were circling off the coast of Anclote Island

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Florida: Dozens of sharks spotted near coast

A horrifying video shows at least 50 hungry sharks circling in the shallow water off the US coast.

Shared by The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, the footage was captured by their aviation team after the sea creatures were spotted just over 30 miles from Tampa.

Posting the terrifying clip on Facebook at the start of the month, the sheriff’s office warned people to be aware of the dangers of the water.

In the post, it says: “A day in the water is a fun way to beat our Florida heat, but it’s important to be aware of the dangers below the water as well as above.”

The fish were circling off the coast of Anclote Island with Shark researcher Jack Morris revealing the reason why so many were seen together.







Video shows dozens of sharks swimming in shallow water off the coast of Florida
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Speaking to local CBS affiliate WTSP, he stated that the sharks seen in the clip are blacktips who are on their annual migration journey north.

He said: “It happens every year, for the most part, I think we just don’t see it.

“We’ve had some unusual weather recently without rainfall, so we’re not getting a lot of that tannic water from our rivers, which is making the gulf and the area around the barrier islands very clear.

“So year after year these animals are there, we just don’t see them as well.”

The researcher warned swimmers that the blacktip sharks could misidentify them as surfers who they’ve been known to bite.







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If you are ever in a situation where you find yourself surrounded by either one or many blacktip sharks, then Jack has said the best thing to do is steer clear.

He said: “Let’s say you’re a northerner with really white feet, they might think that’s a fish and bite your toes.”

According to WTSP, the migration typically lasts through to the end of June.

Earlier this year, Yahoo reported that the largest male shark to be tagged in Canadian waters by research agency OCEARCH was spotted off the coast of North Carolina.

Named Mahone, the shark weighed 1,701 pounds and measured at a huge 13 feet and 7 inches.

In October 2020, the huge animal was tagged in the waters near Nova Scotia and since then, has been travelling up and down the east coast of North America.







The terrifying footage was shared by The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at the start of May
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It looks as though Mahone isn’t the only big shark in the area as two others have recently been tracked.

On April 6, a 12-foot 990-pound shark called Ulysses was detected off the coast and a 10-foot, 715-pound Tancook was detected on April 10.

Despite many being terrified of the water creatures, professional shark diver Kayleigh Nicole Grant says sharks are incredibly shy and wary of human contact.

Underwater shots of Kayleigh, who has been based in Hawaii for the last 10 years, show her getting extremely close to great whites and tiger sharks as they happily swim around her.







The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office shared footage from its aviation team of at least 50 sharks circling off the coast of Anclote Island
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Hoping to change people’s perceptions of the animals with her mesmerising footage, she explains how shark attacks are still incredibly rare.

Speaking to The Sun, they explained that the key to staying safe is reading their body language as they’re often harmless.

Kayleigh said: “There is nothing quite like sharing space and coexisting with an apex predator that could cause you harm but chooses not to.”

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