Shark Sighting


Olivia and her brother Hurshel are on vacation from New Orleans, the first thing on their to-do list is to look for sharks, they both agree from the air is the best way to spot them.
"We probably saw 5,” Olivia Crawford said.
“5? No we saw like, 15, you just weren't paying attention," said her brother, Hurshel.
Many people are concerned more sharks are in the water this year, and if that were true it would be an advantage for people like Olivia and Hurshel.
"It's typical that sharks are in our coastal water this time of year, they move in to pup and mate," said Dana Bethea, a research fishery biologist for NOAA.
But biologists say there really are not more in the water, people are just more aware.
"It's a case of there being more people plugged into social media," said Bethea.
JR Hott, the owner of Panhandle Helicopter, knows the best times to take people out if seeing sharks is what they are after.
"When the water gets warmer it's very common to see them, particularly in the morning, the early and later flights," said Hott.
There are things you can do, do not swim at dusk and dawn and do not wear shiny jewelry when you are in the water.
If that did not put your mind at ease, know that since 1882 there have only been 7 unprovoked shark attacks in Bay County, one of those was fatal.


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