NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Dozens of sharks have been spotted in ankle-deep waters near the New Smyrna Beach shore.
Longtime shark photographer Kem McNair first took pictures of the shark-infested waters Monday and then again Tuesday.
The sharks can grow larger than 5 feet long.
Shark expert George Burgess with the University of Florida says the sharks are migrating to the Carolinas from South Florida and are making a few pit stops along the way to eat.
Burgess says the likelihood of shark and human interaction increases as temperatures are warmer. And Volusia County is the shark capital of the world, after all.
McNair does not know what species these ocean predators are, but they’re likely black tip, sand or spinner sharks. He warns if the sharks were bigger than they are now, it’s best to stay out of the water.
“If the sharks get a little bit bigger, you know 4- or 5-footers, and the water’s dirty and there’s fish swimming around, don’t be doing that,” McNair said. “How sharp are their teeth? Razor sharp. Whatever they bite down on, it’s going to put a hole in it.”
Shark experts and lifeguards say most shark bites in New Smyrna Beach are a case of mistaken identity where the shark was likely looking for fish, not flesh.