Lifeguards Close Beach After Shark Sighted In Cocoa Beach

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

On Sunday, August 4, 2019, a shark was spotted near the wave break in the Atlantic Ocean chasing a school of bait fish off of Shepard Park located and the end of State Road 520 (Cocoa Beach Causeway).

Swimmers were ordered out of the water around 5 p.m. just before lifeguards went off-duty.

Spinner and Blacktip sharks have either been spotted or caught near-shore off of Florida’s Space Coast recently.

The Cocoa Beach shark sighting happened the same weekend when 3 people were bitten by sharks 60 miles to the north in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

“Five to ten feet past where we were standing, we saw a shark,” said YouTube vlogger Peter Brookhart.

Sarah Brookhart added that there might have been two sharks.

Shark Attacks Highest In East Central Florida
Florida Shark Attacks By County. Credit: International Shark Attack File.

Volusia County (Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach area) has the highest number of shark attacks in Florida followed by neighboring Brevard County (Cocoa Beach area).

Historically, the two counties account for nearly half of all shark attacks in Florida each year.

Florida Shark Attacks By Month
Florida Shark Attacks By Month. Credit: International Shark Attack File.

Historically, Florida has the most shark attacks in July, August, and September coinciding with increased shark and human activity when the ocean water temperature is warmest.

How to avoid being bitten by a shark:

In addition to spotting the telltale shark fins, fish jumping out of water or sea birds hovering at the surface of the water could indicate the presence of feeding sharks.

Always swim near a lifeguard area (their elevated position on a lifeguard tower is better for shark spotting) and pay attention to warning flags.

Swim during the middle of the day. Shark feeding increases from the late afternoon through overnight into the early morning hours.

Brevard Times reports on shark attacks, shark bites, and shark sightings in Cocoa Beach sooner than any other local media source.

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