Bull Sharks Swarm Orange Beach

Bull Sharks Swarm Orange Beach

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DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. - Exclusive aerial video shows hundreds of sharks swarming just off the coast of Orange Beach. over the past three days.  Dr. Marcus Drymon with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab seems pretty sure he knows what type of sharks they are.

"I'd feel pretty certain that they are bull sharks. Their pectoral fin base is very wide along with their dorsal fin base very wide and also just the shape of their nose very blunt," he said.

Bull sharks are one of the top 10 deadliest types of sharks. Dr. Drymon says bull sharks are very common in our area, mainly because they are very tolerant to a wide range of solidity or the amount of salt that's in the water, and because Mobile Bay has both fresh and salt water, bull sharks find it very intriguing. "I know many times at the middle of Mobile Bay we catch very small neonate of young of the year bull sharks and we tend to see those at the end of April and the beginning of May. So certainly we know from that that these individuals do come in the area," he says.

Most sharks are opportunistic feeders, so a large array of fish carcasses in the water, from the recent red snapper season could certainly be the reason they stuck so close to shore. However, bull sharks are just one of a dozen types of sharks that are common to our area.

"Their presence shouldn't be an alarm to us at all. In fact, it should relieve us. We should be glad to see that shark populations are doing well. Relatively speaking in our area an ecosystem that lacks sharks is a very sick ecosystem, so we are very fortunate to have a thriving system in this part of the world," said Dr. Drymon.
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