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Friday, February 18, 2011

Sharks Along the Atlantic Shore

"From the Shore" MMSikes
This morning our television screen was filled over and over with ocean views of shark-infested waters along the Atlantic Ocean side of the south Florida coast. The sight was impressive and a little scary if you're planning to visit those waters. However, the commentators kept emphasizing that these sharks aren't dangerous.

Maybe if you're not going into the water, they aren't dangerous. Maybe if they are toothless sharks, they are not so dangerous. Still they looked like pretty large creatures, and one vacationer said they were as close to the shore as the knee-deep water.

This is an annual migration of thousands of sharks. Last year about this time, I took photographs of the same area of the waters at Palm Beach. I didn't catch photos of any sharks, but if I'd been patient and waited I might have. After all I heard they were there.

The beaches are beautiful right now. But maybe it's best to look and not touch.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have a friend who teaches snorkling and scuba diving, and he said if people really knew how many (and how close) sharks occupied the Atlantic waters, they'd never go into the ocean.

Amos Keppler said...

And with the climate change there will be more and more in the coming years.

To see them all together and up close must be an amazing sight, though. Researchers do that all the time. They pet them, too...

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, I think about that more than I used to! Thanks for your comment.

Amos, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to pet them. Thanks!

Crafty Green Poet said...

sharks are wonderful but yes better to look on from a distance!