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“Don’t freak out!” – Blacktip Sharks Plentiful Off Galveston Island, Texas

Posted by Jody on August 24, 2011

This time of year, blacktip sharks are apparently a common sight in the Gulf of Mexico, off of Galveston Island, Texas.

Blacktip Shark, Carcharhinus limbatus (Photo by Albert Kok, from Wikimedia Commons)

According to the NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) website  Fisheries Fact Sheet: Blacktip sharks are one of the most common shark species found inshore off the coast of Florida.  Although the majority of shark bites in Florida are likely attributable to this species, there has never been a fatal attack credited to this species in this region.”

Many Galveston Island beachgoers report spotting blacktip sharks offshore this time of year.  But, are they sighting blacktip sharks or bottleneck dolphins in the clear, flatter Gulf waters of late August?  “Go have fun in the water. Don’t freak out!”  says Galveston Island, Texas lifeguard Mary Stewart in a video and article by KHOU.com (Houston, Texas).  Apparently in the seven years she has been a lifeguard in Galveston –  Mary has never spotted a shark in the coastal waters.

That is good news!

For more on Galveston Island, Texas (about 50 miles southeast of Houston) see “Galveston Island, A Texas Oasis”.

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