Mysterious Shark Deaths Near Panama City, Florida

More than 100 dead sharks on the eastern side of Shell Island near Panama City, Florida were reported on October 16, 2000. Photograph © 2000 by John Brusher, National Marine Fisheries Service.
More than 100 dead sharks on the eastern side of Shell Island near Panama City, Florida were reported on October 16, 2000. Photograph © 2000 by John Brusher, National Marine Fisheries Service.

October 22, 2000  Panama City, Florida - More than a hundred blacktip and Atlantic sharpnose sharks were found October 16, 2000 dead and decaying along a half mile of beach on the eastern side of Shell Island near Panama City, Florida. Marine biologists so far cannot explain the mass deaths of a rugged species sometimes called "living fossils" because modern sharks arose during the Jurassic Period between 135 and 190 million years ago. No one can remember so many shark deaths at one time before.

 

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