Double red flag warning, rare shark event happening on Alabama coast

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (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.

WKRG (CBS affiliate) took to the air, and spotted between 100 and 150 sharks grouped together near the pass.

WKRG is still not sure 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.Most of the time, sharks tend to stay away from humans, only feeding on fish, and other sea life. However, we have seen our fair share of attacks here on the Gulf Coast.

Just last year in 2013, a man was pulled from the waters at Pensacola Beach when he was bitten.

One of the most remembered attacks happened in 2001, when Jessie Arbogast was attacked. The shark ripped into him on Pensacola Beach when he was a young boy. His story made national headlines, because his uncle wrestled the shark to free Jessie. Jessie survived, but is now confined to a wheel chair.  He suffered permanent brain damage.


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