The first signs of the great shark migration enter our waters
6:03 PM, Jan 4, 2013
6:04 PM, Jan 4, 2013
Beachgoers beware - it's shark migration season here in south Florida. But there's no need to panic!
Donna Skay, a tourist at the Juno Beach Pier says "I went into the water today and it never crossed my mind that their could be sharks…. and living in New Jersey, that's not usually a threat (laughs)"
But in south Florida it's another story, the great shark migration peaks in February but we start to see some sharks swimming in now like these guys spotted just offshore by chopper 5
"You start getting the spinner sharks and the black tips about now, especially around dusk they start coming out to feed."
Terry Martin is the Pier Master and runs the bait shop on the Juno pier, he sees a lot of people enjoying the water. "We get surfers all the time and there is rarely a shark attack."
But if you wait around long enough, There's bound to be a sighting. Last year there were about 30 shark bites along Florida's coast.
Philip Harris is a Lifeguard Lieutenant at the pier "If we identify a shark we blow the whistle or the air horn and we call everyone out of the water. We try to do it in a calm peaceful way, we get everyone out, then we put up a double red flag. "
The best advice is to stay out of the water at dawn and dusk, and Harris continues "Swim near a lifeguard. We've got a better vantage point to watch the water, you know, we can keep an eye on them, we're here in case they need us."
And that gives Donna piece of mind.
"I don't know, now that I think about it I might venture in and just be cautious."
Cautious is good but panicking is not.
In fact here are a few statistics to ponder.
You are more likely to win the powerball (1 in 250mil) then get killed by a shark (1 in 300mil)
You have a better chance of getting killed by a coconut falling on you than you do getting bit by a shark. (1 in 250mil)
There are more people who die from vending machines falling on them then shark attacks (1 in 112mil)
The bigger threats for south Florida are lightning strikes and dangerous rip currents that form along the coast