While the blacktip shark has never been involved in a fatal attack, scientists believe they are responsible for most shark bite incidents in Florida

By Caitlin Keating
Updated February 15, 2016 11:25 AM
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Video footage captured on Friday morning shows thousands of blacktip sharks off the beach in Palm Beach, Florida.

Florida Atlantic University biological sciences professor Stephen Kajiura spotted the sharks while filming his weekly aerial black tip shark migration surveys which covers the coastline from Miami Beach north to the Jupiter Inlet, according to CBS12.

“It’s so cool,” he told the news outlet. “There are literally tens of thousands of sharks a stone’s throw away from our shoreline. You could throw a pebble and literally strike a shark. They are that close.”

The majority of shark bites that occur in Florida are attributed to this species, but there has never been a fatal attack credited to the blacktip shark in this region, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Although there are “literally tens of thousands of sharks” from Palm Beach to Singer Island, he noted that there are very few south of Boynton Beach and in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

In 2015, there were 98 shark attacks, surpassing the previous record of 88 set back in 2000. Florida alone had 30, according to Patch.