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Experts present some theories

While everyone thinks the June 7 shark attacks in South Walton were a tragedy, local charter boat captains are not surprised.

“It’s just a matter of Mother Nature and opportunity,” said Capt. Gary Jarvis, who has been fishing in Destin for more than four decades.

Scott Funderburg, a sailor on the Stelluna, holds the sand shark long enough to take a few photos before cutting it down.

“The problem is that the shark population in the Gulf of Mexico is large and more abundant than it has ever been, at least in my lifetime,” Jarvis said.

“There are more sharks alive today than there were 44 years ago… because trapping them has been banned,” Jarvis said, noting that some sharks have been considered endangered.

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