Sharks Return to Pensacola Pass

Sharks Return to Pensacola Pass

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A short helicopter ride from Orange Beach to the east.

"That is amazing," and on the west side of Pensacola Pass, dotting the sand bar, hundreds of sharks.

"I fish in and out of here and sure we'll see shark periodically but I don't ever remember seeing anything like that," says helicopter pilot Steve Olive.

Flying over the sandbar at about 250 feet sharks are everywhere. We spot one outside of some bait fish and then it looks like he grabs a snack.

"There's some significantly large sharks right there too," says Olive.

At this time of day the tide is going out which could be a dinner bell for all the sharks in the area for an easy meal.

"You know you can tell people about this they won't believe it." Accessible only by boat or a very long hike, Pensacola Pass is the only access to the gulf from Pensacola Bay. "It's a nature lover's dream out here."

Almost on cue, more nature. A pod of dolphin enter the picture. Joined later by another, larger pod. "It's really cool to watch that school of dolphin go through there and the sharks just give there space," says Olive, "Everybody does there thing."

But it's the sheer number of sharks that maybe the most impressive. "My guess is they've been doing that a lot longer than we've been hanging out at the beach. It's just very impressive to see."

We did fly around Perdido Pass in Orange Beach on our way back. We couldn't see any sharks there. Earlier this month that was the area shut down because so many sharks were spotted close to the beach.

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