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  • 10 June 2014, 11:16

Alabama Beaches Closed By Huge Shark Swarm

A number of beaches in Alabama were closed on Monday because of a swarm of sharks swimming off shore.

Large numbers of sharks were seen in aerial video footage swimming in shallow waters around Alabama Point in Perdido Pass.

At times their dorsal fins were exposed.

Orange Beach safety supervisor Melvin Shepard said the swarm might have been caused by the large number of fish carcasses in the water during the red snapper hunting season.

There are double red flags flying at the beach to alert swimmers to stay out of the water.

Those who disobey the warning could be fined.

So far no attacks have been reported.

Local television channel WKRG News 5 reported seeing between 100 and 150 sharks during a helicopter flight above the water over the weekend.

Since then, the channel reports, the numbers have been declining.

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