The annual migration by thousands of blacktip sharks to South Florida waters is once again underway.
Generally, about 15,000 sharks make their way to South Florida waters every year at this time. They generally munch on other smaller fish so there’s little reason to be overly concerned.
But this year, scientists expect a few thousand fewer to grace our waters.
Florida Atlantic University researcher Stephen Kajiura told Florida Today he used to count about 12,000 blacktip sharks in South Florida during the winter migrations after he began his research in 2011.
Scientists are now hoping that snowbirds come back to South Florida, because if they don’t, it will have a huge ecological impact in this region.