Know your facts about sharks in Gulf Shores, Alabama. What kind of sharks are there?

Last week, photos went viral showing a shark swimming in about 3-4 feet of water, dangerously close to beachgoers near the Seacrest Condos in Gulf Shores.There are a few facts about sharks in our area that are important to know.

As many shark species make their home in the Gulf of Mexico, shark sitings are common.Captain Scott at Little Lagoon Guide Service frequently spots bull sharks, blacktips, and Alabama spinner sharks.The fact is that sharks are very close to swimmers at all times, but not always.CBS 42 reached out to Dr. Marcus Drymon, who has focused on sharks for over 10 years as an assistant professor at South Alabama.The shark off the coast last week might have been a great hammerhead, which is a rarity in the area.When the water temperature is over 72 degrees, sharks will steer closer to the shore.The prime shark season in Gulf Shores is between April and November.pilots who frequently fly over beaches are monitored by the city.Communication is made with lifeguards on the ground once spotted.Food from fishermen is abundant and it is easy to see herds of sharks near fishing piers.In times of danger, beaches will close for days at a time.There have been shark attacks in the state of Alabama since 1900.Only two fatal and unprovoked attacks have taken place in the state, and both of those took place during the 19th century.

If you want to buy, sell or lease, contact Kris Powell at Century 21 Meyer.We consider ourselves stewards of the area and we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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