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ALERT: Rare Shark Event at Orange Beach

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UPDATE: 2:15pm, Monday June 9, 2014
 
After a joint helicopter flight conducted by News 5 and City of Orange Beach officials, aerial pictures show most of the sharks that have gathered in the Perdido Pass area have left.
 
However, the City of Orange Beach is keeping its double red flag warning up until at least Tuesday morning when another flight is planned.
 
Tune in to News 5 at 5PM, 6PM and 10PM for the latest.
    
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UPDATE 11:00am, Monday June 9, 2014

 
Double red flags are still posted in the area near Alabama Point at Orange Beach, alerting people to avoid swimming due to a high volume of sharks in the area.
 
 
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The City of Orange Beach has posted a rare double red flag warning for a dangerously high number of sharks in the area.

The warning has been posted at Alabama Point and the Shell Parking lot to the east of Alabama Point, closing these beaches for recreation.

"Hopefully once people stop throwing their fish carcasses into the water, they may not be swimming in such numbers that close to the beach," said Melvin Shepard in a release sent to News 5. 

News 5 took to the air with Oasis Helicopter and spotted between 100 and 150 sharks grouped together near the pass.

News 5's Blake Brown took to the water by boat Sunday afternoon. Within 5 minutes of being on the gulf, he'd spotted his first shark.

We're still not sure what kinds of sharks are grouping together near the pass. One boater suggested they are Mako sharks, which are very common in the gulf waters.

Although everyone is strongly advised to avoid the waters with double red flags, many swimmers are taking their chances as they dive into the water. Orange Beach authorities will continue to monitor the situation.

Most of the time, sharks tend to stay away from humans, only feeding on fish, and other sea life. However, we have seen our fair share of attacks here on the gulf coast.

Just last year in 2013, a man was pulled from the waters at Pensacola Beach when he was bit.

One of the most remembered attacks happened in 2001, when Jessie Arbogast was attacked. The shark ripped into him on Pensacola Beach when he was a young boy. His story made national headlines, because his uncle wrestled the shark to free Jessie. Jessie survived, but is now confined to a wheel chair, suffering permanent brain damage.
  
 


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