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Sharks Swarm Near Orange Beach

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Sharks Swarm Near Orange Beach Sharks Swarm Near Orange Beach
According to our sister station WKRG, the city of Orange Beach has posted a double red flag warning for a dangerously high number of sharks in the area.

The warning has been posted at Alabama Point and the Shell Parking lot to the east of Alabama Point, closing these beaches for recreation.

"Hopefully once people stop throwing their fish carcasses into the water, they may not be swimming in such numbers that close to the beach," said Melvin Shepard in a release sent to WKRG. 
WKRG's Blake Brown took to the water by boat Sunday afternoon and within five minutes of being on the gulf, he'd spotted his first shark.

WKRG doesn't know what kinds of sharks are grouping together near the pass. One boater suggested they are Mako sharks, which are very common in the gulf waters.

Although everyone is strongly advised to avoid the waters with double red flags, many swimmers are taking their chances as they dive into the water. Orange Beach authorities will continue to monitor the situation.
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