Video shows shark-infested waters off Florida beach on Gulf Coast – NBC 6 South Florida

A Florida Sheriff’s Department has released a terrifying video of shark-infested waters off the state’s coast to remind swimmers of what might be lurking below.

Video, captured by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit earlier this week, showed dozens of sharks swimming near the sandbar and Anclote Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. ‘State.

“A day in the water is a fun way to beat our Florida heat, but it’s important to be aware of the dangers underwater as well as above,” the department said in an early Facebook post. National Water Safety Month.

The sharks seen swimming in the video are likely blacktip reef sharks, which are said to be up to 6.5ft long.

Wildlife officials say blacktip sharks typically move inshore during the spring and summer months, a time when residents and visitors to the state typically enjoy more beach days.

Although shark sightings and human activity on beaches are simultaneously increasing, Florida wildlife experts say humans are 30 times more likely to be struck by lightning than bitten by a shark.

Shark diving expert Rayna O’nan shares tips for staying safe in the water.

“On average worldwide, less than 10 people die each year from shark attacks,” according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Department has offered several safety tips for avoiding dangers that may lurk underwater:

  • Be careful with your surroundings
  • Learn to swim and always swim with a buddy
  • Keep a fully charged phone and first aid kit nearby in case of an emergency
  • Never leave children unattended in or near water

Click here for more safety tips on encountering sharks at the beach.

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