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Dozens of sharks spotted in Boynton Beach Inlet

Posted: 3:36 PM, Jun 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-14 18:44:13-04
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There was quite a sight in the Boynton Beach Inlet earlier this week.

A pilot with Southern Helicopters spotted dozens of sharks in the Intracoastal Waterway on Monday, and said he's never seen anything like it before.

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WPTV showed the images to Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. He said the sharks look like blacktips, and added it's very strange for them to be in the Intracoastal this time of year.

Dr. Kajiura said blacktips are typically farther north near the Carolinas during the Summer.

Scientists said blacktip sharks normally appear in South Florida in mid-January and stay for about two months. They can grow to around 6 feet long and are usually following schools of fish to feed on.

According to researchers at FAU, although the sharks can pose a risk to people during the migration, attacks are not likely.