Sharks Crowd Florida Coast

SCIENCE

In an annual spectacle, tens of thousands of sharks are congregating off the coast of Florida. (Christian Science Monitor)

Use our activity to learn more about animal migration.

Scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map.

Discussion Ideas

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  • Blacktips usually turn up near Florida coasts in mid-January. Why are they so late this year?

 

 

  • Are swimmers at risk from the shivers of sharks?
    • No, swimmers probably aren’t in terrible danger, although no one recommends deliberately antagonizing any sharks. The biologist studying blacktip migration says “For the most part, these sharks are really skittish, so when you get in the water, they’re going to scatter and go away.”

 

This gorgeous blacktip was photographed at the Greensboro Science Center. Learn more about these Carolina natives here. Photograph by Valerie, courtesy Flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

This gorgeous blacktip was photographed at the Greensboro Science Center. Learn more about these Carolina natives here.
Photograph by Valerie, courtesy Flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT

Christian Science Monitor: Why are there tens of thousands of sharks off the Florida coast?

Nat Geo: Why Animals Migrate activity

Nat Geo: Blacktip Sharks of the Eastern U.S. MapMaker Interactive map

Nat Geo: Internal and External Migration Cues activity

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