Palm Beach County Beachgoers Warned About Massive Shark Migration

by Kayla Sylvester Mar 25, 2015 02:16 PM

While it's 30 times more likely to get struck by lightning than be bitten by a shark, swimmers should still take caution, since hundreds of blacktip and spinner sharks have been spotted near northern Singer Island.

Because the sharks have been caught migrating closer to shore than they typically do, experts are warning beachgoers to be on the lookout.

George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville told the Palm Beach Post that “there are an average of 20 to 25 shark bites a year off the coast of Florida with a large majority involving blacktips.”

While Palm Beach County has had no fatal shark attacks between the years of 1882 and 2012, people are still encouraged to be on the lookout for sharks when they see a purple flag flying at the beach.