Terrifying video shows dozens of hungry sharks circling in shallow water off the Florida coast

VIDEO shows dozens of sharks swimming in shallow water off the coast of Florida.

The Pasco County Sherriff's Office shared footage from its aviation team of at least 50 sharks swimming off the coast of Anclote Island.

The sheriff's office wrote in a Facebook post: "A day in the water is a fun way to beat our Florida heat, but it's important to be aware of the dangers below the water as well as above."

The sharks were spotted just over 30 miles from Tampa.

Shark researcher Jack Morris told local CBS affiliate WTSP that the sharks seen in the video are blacktips on their annual migration journey north.

"It happens every year for the most part, I think we just don't see it," Morris said.

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"We've had some unusual weather recently without rainfall, so we're not getting a lot of that tannic water from our rivers, which is making the gulf and the area around the barrier islands very clear.

"So year after year these animals are there, we just don't see them as well."

Morris warned that blacktip sharks are known to bite surfers and they could misidentify swimmers as prey.

He said if you find yourself surrounded by one – or several – the best thing to do is steer clear.

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"Let's say you're a northerner with really white feet, they might think that's a fish and bite your toes," he warned.

Migration typically lasts through the end of June, according to WTSP.

Earlier this year, the largest male shark to be tagged in Canadian waters by research agency OCEARCH was spotted off the coast of North Carolina.

The shark's name is Mahone and he measures 13 feet 7 inches and weighs 1,701 pounds, Yahoo reports.

Mahone was tagged in October 2020 in the waters near Nova Scotia and has been traveling up and down the waters of the east coast of North America since.

Two other great whites were also tracked in the same area as Mahone. Ulysses, a 12-foot, 990-pound shark who was detected off the coast on April 6, and Tancook, a juvenile 10-foot, 715-pound shark pinged on April 10.

Professional shark diver Kayleigh Nicole Grant, 34, who has been based in Hawaii for the last ten years says the magnificent animals are incredibly shy and wary of human contact.

Stunning underwater shots show a calm Kayleigh getting terrifyingly close to great whites and tiger sharks who happily dance around her.

With her incredible footage, she hopes to change people's perceptions and explains how sharks attacks are still incredibly rare.

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She revealed to the Sun Online how these beasts are often harmless and that reading their body language is key to staying safe.

Kayleigh said: "There is nothing quite like sharing space and coexisting with an apex predator that could cause you harm but chooses not to. 

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