Sharks close Florida beaches as 15,000 swarm the coast

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Thousands of sharks seen off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., and heading north along the coast have shut down several of the state’s beaches.

“We saw something moving in the water and everybody was saying, ‘Ahh! Sharks!’” one witness said to ABC.

The sharks, mostly blacktips and spinners, are making their annual migration, ABC reports. But their presence is unusual at this time of year. The sharks — estimated by Florida Atlantic University researchers to be in the range of 15,000 — usually wrap up their migratory travels well before beach season in the South.

“It’s the beauty of living in Florida,” one beach-goer told ABC. “It’s also the danger.”

Researchers say the sharks are only 200 yards from shore.

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