COCOA BEACH, Florida – A five-foot-long shark was spotted swimming in shallow water in south Cocoa Beach, Florida on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
Dutch tourists were able to photograph and video the black tip shark as it was chasing bait fish near 8th Street South between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) are the number one species responsible for biting humans along the U.S. East Coast.
The shark has black tips on its pectoral fins and grows to no more than about six feet.
Blacktip sharks can swim in just inches of water where toddlers often play.
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.