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Boca, Delray Named Among 10 U.S. Beaches Where Shark Sightings Are Likely

Here’s something to chew on: Southern Palm Beach County is home to beaches where visitors are most likely to see sharks from the shore.

USA Today identified Delray Beach and Boca Raton among 10 hot spots for shark sightings because of the migration of spinner sharks and blacktip sharks throughout the area.

Sharks seem to have both tourists and residents on high alert this summer in light of recent shark attacks off the coast of the Carolinas. But there's no need to cancel your weekend beach trip just yet: Increased shark activity near Delray and Boca happens during the winter, according to Shark Week filmmaker Andy Casagrande.

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Two other Florida beaches also made the list: Sebastian Inlet State Park in Melbourne Beach and Gasparilla Island State Park in Boca Grande. 

Though Florida had the highest shark activity in the world between 2005 and 2014, shark attack fatalities are low. Out of 219 attacks, only two of them were fatal.

While fatal shark attacks may be unlikely, it’s still important to be aware of one's surroundings while wading in the water.

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