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Epic Blacktip Shark Migration Will Make You Think Twice Before Entering the Ocean

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The epic blacktip shark migration on the coast of Florida is an annual event. 

These sharks are migratory and will make the trip to breed each year around this time. However, Michael Patrick O’Neill seems to think they are little late this year. Could it be because of the weather? That’s very possible.

Either way, this epic blacktip shark migration is a wonder to witness.

Over the last several weeks I’ve dedicated a lot of time filming the Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) migration along the Florida coastline. The weather hasn’t really cooperated, but the handful of days that we’ve had in the field have really paid off – in a big way. This year, the sharks were late, and I had pretty much given up with the howling wind. And then suddenly, things changed and improved dramatically. I’ve replaced my drowned drone (struck by a boat’s antenna while stationary filming a manta on President’s Day…) and now have 10 batteries, which give me plenty of time to look and film. During this year’s migration, I’ve also filmed in 4k valuable, rare and revealing predatory attempts on the blacktips, but will only share that footage after the migration is over (It’s awesome…). In the meantime, enjoy this one-minute clip. The scale of the migration is impressive, and I hope these sharks are around for a long, long time. They are a sign we have a very healthy ocean in Florida – so let’s keep it that way. © Michael Patrick O’Neill / www.mpostock.com #dji #aerialphotography @dronenerds @ashleighpics #AtlanticOcean #Florida #blacktipshark #shark #ocean #greatmigrations #drone #phantom3professional #4k @discoverychannel @discoversharks @discoverocean @bbcearth @natgeocreative @natgeowild @natgeochannel @natgeopristineseas

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If it was me, and I was vacationing at this specific location off the coast of Florida, I would definitely think twice before I entered into the ocean. There are thousands.

The blacktip sharks are the culprits for a majority of shark attacks according to Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor at Florida Atlanta University.

O’Neill (with the help of a drone) is able to capture some fascinating footage of these animals as they work their way north.

Like what you see here? You can read more awesome hunting articles by Nathan Unger at the Bulldawg Outdoors blog. Follow him on Twitter @Bulldawgoutdoor and on Instagram @Bulldawgoutdoors.

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Epic Blacktip Shark Migration Will Make You Think Twice Before Entering the Ocean