Shark sightings are a regular occurrence along the Alabama Gulf Coast, but Dr. Sean Powers insists that indicates a healthy ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico.
For those enjoying our beautiful beaches, Powers, head of the University of South Alabama’s Marine and Environmental Sciences Department, says most sharks that inhabit the shallow water in the nearshore zones are “really small.”
“Alabama has a diversity of sharks,” Powers said. “The Gulf has about 50 species with about 20 to 30 species that beachgoers and fishermen can encounter. Most of those are really small and only pose an aggravation to the fishermen.”