Late last week, a sighting of only about two dozen sharks in the same area prompted the closure of a nearby beach, just to be safe. But Pensacola Beach public safety supervisor Bob West says that concerns about shark attacks are largely unwarranted.
"There's sharks in the water all the time," West tells the News Journal. "There's only been five shark (related) fatalities since 1988 in Florida. There's a lot more to worry about than sharks, like rip currents, lightning and drunk drivers."