TREASURE COAST — Each fall, there is a massive mullet migration along Treasure Coast beaches and in the Indian River Lagoon. Silver mullet are heading south for the winter, and everything that swims knows it.
Among the most visible mullet predators, especially along the beaches, are sharks. On days with light winds, clear waves that break along the shoreline will reveal the silhouettes of the sea’s most feared and misunderstood inhabitants.
Several species of coastal sharks can be observed feeding on the massive migratory schools of mullet, including spinner, blacktip, sandbar, bull, lemon and nurse sharks, among others. Most of the sharks will not be very large — many are under five feet. But swimmers and surfers beware: All will have rows of sharp teeth, will be swimming very fast to close in on lunch and dinner, and in the excitement of the hunt, these fish feeders will not be able to tell the difference between a finger mullet and a finger.
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