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Sharks that visit the First Coast

12:44 PM, Aug 7, 2013   |    comments
  • ITALY - JANUARY 01: Hammerhead shark on the seabeds of Sicily (Photo by Folco Quilici/Folco Quilici © Fratelli Alinari/Alinari Archives/Alinari via Getty Images)
  • A visitor to Indianapolis Zoo attempts a physical relationship with a bonnet head shark at the zoo's 'Oceans' exhibit hall. (Photo by Alan Solomon/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
  • A blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) swims in the aquarium of the Haus des Meeres ('House of the Sea') in Vienna on June 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEIN (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Lemon shark. (Photo by Peter Stackpole//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • ISLAMORADA, FL - MAY 2005: A Spinner shark jumps out of the water during a Florida Keys fishing trip on May, 2005 in Islamorada, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
  • Ocean Journey will open its first traveling exhibit called 'Sharkscape' on June 21. More varieties of sharks will be added to the 'Depths of the Pacific' exhibit for 'Sharkscape.' This is a Sandbar Shark. (Photo By Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images
  • TOPSHOTS A Grey Nurse shark (C) swims through an artificial beam of light at the Sydney Aquarium on July 3, 2010. The Aquarium has been transformed for a limited time into Shark HQ, an interactive shark adventure where the public can track individual sharks up and down the coast and walk down tunnels displaying one of the world's largest collections of sharks. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
    
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The First Coast waters are not known to be a hot spot for sharks, but we tend to have more than a few visitors passing through as part of their migration patterns. There are over 300 shark species in the world, but bull sharks, tiger sharks and great whites are commonly known to attack humans, none of which frequently visit our coast. View the gallery of some of the species that are commonly seen off the beaches nearby.

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