Day Two of Historic Shark Warning

Day Two of Historic Shark Warning

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"I'm going to get in the pool." "I'm going to get in the pool."
 
UPDATE: 2:15pm, Monday June 9, 2014
 
After a joint helicopter flight conducted by News 5 and City of Orange Beach officials, aerial pictures show most of the sharks that have gathered in the Perdido Pass area have left.
 
However, the City of Orange Beach is keeping its double red flag warning up until at least Tuesday morning when another flight is planned.

News 5 flew seven miles down the coastline from state line to Gulf State Park pier and counted about 22 sharks. That number is much closer to normal, according to Orange Beach safety officials.

WKRG's Pat Peterson didn't see any huge shark congregations near the pass, saying it was "mostly individuals."

As for the size of the sharks, Peterson says he saw "a few 6-7 footers, but mostly 3-4 footers." 
    
Tune in to News 5 at 5PM, 6PM and 10PM for the latest.
 
MORE SHARK STORIES:
Hundreds of Sharks Seen from Sky:  wkrg.co/1oDQRJZ 
People Swimming Despite Shark Warning:  wkrg.co/1o5YJWZ   
 
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It's day two of double red flags near Alabama Point in Orange Beach, where a massive congregation of sharks has gathered.
 
People are not allowed in the water where the double red flags are posted, disrupting the vacations of thousands of beach-goers in Orange Beach.

As of late Sunday afternoon, exclusive News 5 aerial video showed hundreds of sharks swimming where Perdido Pass meets the gulf.

A grouping of sharks this large is considered extremely rare along the Gulf Coast. A double red flag posting is considered just as rare. 

Beach safety supervisor Melvin Shepard says anyone entering the water can be fined. 
 
Shepard says the shark swarm may be linked to a large number of fish carcasses in the water during red snapper season.

 
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