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Sharks Close Singer Island Beaches

Lifeguards say for the past three days, since Monday, beaches on Singer Island have been closed to swimmers. It's so cold, you may not want to go swimming anyway.

But due to sharks, swimming right now is considered unsafe. The chalkboard at the beach warns beachgoers sharks have been seen in the area. Lifeguards on Singer Island say they've seen spinner sharks, four to six feet long, swimming very close to shore lately. They say the sharks were swimming inside the buoys, which mark off the designated place for people to swim.

If the sharks are moving through there, lifeguards say you shouldn't be out there. The double-red flag is flying, meaning everyone needs to stay out of the water. One guy who came out to the beach to go surfing says he thinks authorities are overreacting. "I'm pretty shocked actually. Because sharks are always here. Every day of the week. I seen three yesterday in Palm Beach.

So I don't really see what the big deal is to tell you the truth," said Davey Smith, a surfer from West Palm Beach. Around lunchtime, there wasn't a single person in the water at Singer Island today. Lifeguards say because of the chilly temperatures, no one was getting in the water. There was only one sunbather in sight. They told me if anyone is brave enough to get in that cold water, they'll be ordered to get out due to sharks. No reports so far, that anyone has been bitten. We checked with county officials and it appears all other beaches in Palm Beach County remain open.

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