An aerial perspective of the Atlantic ocean reveals thousands of sharks swimming in large groups along the coast of Florida as they have showed up for the winter.
The footage shared by Florida Atlantic University researchers on their Shark Migration Facebook page exhibits thousands of sharks spotted from Palm Beach to Jupiter. “That fishing boat’s having a blast,” Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a scientist at FAU is over heard announcing on the video. Dr. Kajiura studies the migration of sharks and has been surveying them from the skies since 2011.
Very few sharks, researchers mentioned, were noticed from Miami to Palm Beach.
Dr. Kajiura stated his team recently widened the project to include tagging them with trackers to study the pattern of their migration. Researchers spent the weekend tagging some of them with transmitters.
The sharks he is studying are black tip sharks, and they have just lately showed up along the Florida coast. Dr. Kajiura mentioned they typically stay from January until March, when they make their way back up the coast toward Georgia and the Carolinas.
One of the photographs researchers shared on Instagram displays a paddle boarder not too far away from the massive group of sharks.
“Lucky paddle boarder (lower left) about to encounter hundreds of sharks,” it explained.
Photographs on the Facebook page display them checking the tag placement, measuring the sharks, and carefully removing the hooks from their mouths to let them go safely.
Dr. Kajiura stated the sharks will move north, where the females will give birth around June, mate again, then move back to Florida in the winter. Each year, he flies over the sharks in a Cessna with the camera affixed to it to see where they are and when they’ve came back. “Being the pilot and the scientist, I know exactly what I need to do,” he explained.