Lifeguards Close Beach After Shark Sighting In Cocoa Beach

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguards temporarily ordered swimmers out of the water along a stretch of beach in Cocoa Beach, Florida after sharks were sighted swimming in nearby.

On Friday, April 6, 2018, spinner sharks were spotted 50 yards out in the Atlantic Ocean chasing a school of bait fish off of Shepard Park.

This beach is popular with tourists because is it is located at the end of State Road 520 (Cocoa Beach Causeway) and is just two blocks away from Ron Jon Surf Shop.

The swimmers were ordered out of the water from approximately 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

As reported two days ago by Brevard Times in the Cocoa Beach Shark and Jellyfish Report, spinner sharks 2 to 4-feet-long are present off of Cocoa Beach, primarily around, and just beyond, the wave break.

Spinner sharks (Carcharhinus brevipinna) can grow up to 9 feet long and have a unique feeding technique of leaping into the air while spinning. They are among the top three shark species responsible for shark bites along the U.S. east coast.

How to spot sharks in the water: In addition to spotting the telltale shark dorsal fins, fish jumping out of water or sea birds hovering at the surface of the water as shown in the video could indicate the presence of feeding sharks.

Always swim near a lifeguard area because their elevated position on a lifeguard tower is better for shark spotting.  And always pay attention to lifeguard warning flags.

Photo and video credit: Brevard Times