Close Encounters of the Aquatic Kind II: Sharks.

ABOVE ARE SOME PICTURES I took yesterday from the balcony of the Fictionarium: South Florida Campus. In terms of the story behind these images, I feel as though I should just hyperlink back to my earlier post regarding manatees, save that this time, I did not get in the water.

Those brown shaded areas schooling not 30 to 50 feet off the shore are most certainly sharks; I believe that the sharks in question are, specifically, juvenile Blacktip sharks. Prevalent to South Florida, Blacktip sharks grow to an average of roughly five feet in length, and are known for breaching (i.e., jumping out of the water in a really insanely frightening manner) while on the hunt. Indeed, I was lucky enough to see three breaches yesterday, but wasn’t fast enough to photograph them as this photographer back in 2008.

While these sharks are generally considered to be timid, I do have a surfer friend who, a few years ago, received a “Blacktip love nibble” on the upper part of his hand while he was out on his board, resulting in about a dozen stitches.

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