They strike fear in the hearts of most people, but some Bay County residents are enjoying a fairly close encounter with bull sharks.
"It's exciting to see the fins in the water," Don Hyden said. "If you're on the catwalk, you're only about six feet away from them, and it's pretty awesome."
On Monday afternoon, Don Hyden, who recently moved to Bay County, was looking for the sharks' dorsal fins cutting the water of North Bay, just West of the Deer Point Dam.
"My understanding from the locals, every year about this time, they come up, cruise up here looking for food," Don Hyden said. "It is a spectacle."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it's not uncommon to see the sharks near the dam. They're often found in warm shallow water and always looking for their next meal. "I think the sharks are probably doing what they've done for hundreds if not thousands of years so just something to see and enjoy while they're here," Stan Kirkland, FWC Spokesman, said.
Zhane Goodman and her family were swimming in Deer Point Lake on Monday. They wanted to also check out the Bay and noticed multiple fins standing on the walkway of the Dam.
"It swam to the close side," she said. "The size of it was shocking."
Kirkland added several species of sharks are native to our waters so it's important to always use caution. However, he's not concerned about the bull sharks because most people do not swim West of Deer Point Dam.