Shark Alert

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Officials have reported seeing 79 sharks near the Alabama Gulf Coast, that's more than double the previous high reported this summer.

A shark alert has been kept in effect for the fifth consecutive day, according to the Marine Resources Division. Officials will fly over the coast to check the number of sharks.

Marine officials usually expect between three and six sharks in the area. The say the big jump in sharks seen Sunday might be due to better visibility for the spotters during their morning observation flight.

Most of the sharks were concentrated along the eastern part of Alabama's Gulf Coast. Officials spotted 58 sharks between the Alabama-Florida state line and the Gulf State Park, 20 between the state park and Gulf Shores' west public beach and only one from that beach all the way to Dauphin Island.

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