Planes Keeping Watch for Sharks

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

They're doing more than advertising for ladies’ night drink specials. The banner planes are flying up and down the Emerald Coast on the lookout for sharks, so Sandy and I went flying trying to catch a glimpse of threatening marine life.

From our view of about 500 feet, we did get the big picture; spotting stingrays, dolphin and sharks. When a shark is spotted, the pilots calls it in right away to the beach safety patrol.

If the sharks are too close to the shore, the beach patrol will evacuate the area. Even though this watch program can't prevent a shark attack, it can make people aware of the dangers.

Having these extra eyes up above watching for what's down below can help save limbs and lives. Sixteen planes from Boomer Aviation circulate from Panama City to Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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