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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thousands of sharks spotted off Palm Beach

Courtesy: Steve Irwin
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PALM BEACH, Fla. - Pilot Steve Irwin has quite a fish tale, and he wasn't even fishing.
Irwin is a pilot with "Island Marine Services" based in Fort Pierce.
He said he was flying about 100 yards off of Palm Beach, at 80 mph, when he spotted thousands of sharks.
He pulled out his iPhone 4 and began taking pictures. He recorded the spectacular sight and wanted to share it.
One year ago this week a shark attacked and killed a man kiteboarding off of Stuart Beach.
In October a wave turned red following a shark attack in California. Two months earlier a shark terrified swimmers after it washed up on a New Jersey shore.
This is the time of year when sharks migrate and head for warmer waters. They also typically swim close to the shore while chasing after bait fish.
Experts point out that most shark bites are cases of mistaken identity. Following some simple rules can dramatically cut your odds of encountering a shark at all.