If you've seen Jaws, and later on went swimming, at some point you worried that at any moment you would notice you weren't alone in the water. One of my greatest fears came to life recently, when a 5-foot shark was found alive swimming around a swimming pool.
Pool owners are used to dealing with unwelcome visitors, from algae to ducks. Sharks are rarely an issue.
But a live five-foot blacktip shark was found last week in the pool of the Mariner's Cay condominium in Hypoluxo, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Wildlife officers removed the shark from the pool and released it into the Intracoastal Waterway.
The woman who discovered the shark said she saw two young men running from the pool. Video surveillance cameras were found around the pool area. The incident is under investigation.
Blacktip sharks are among the most common species in coastal South Florida. They are responsible for a large number of bites, typically unintentional incidents in murky water in which they mistake a hand or foot for a fish.
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There's also this video showing a shark in a different swimming pool. How many times has this happened?