Sharks, Tarpon and Jacks Continue the Mullet Frenzy Down the Atlantic Seaboard

by Owen James Burke

The fall migration is a chaotic time for the southbound mullet (Mugil cephalus) along the eastern seaboard, but this season has been a fantastically horrific one for the high-flying morsels, now off Florida. Earlier this month, we saw blacktip sharks chasing what might have been the same school of mullet right up the beach along Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

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Mullet have always been a staple food source for coastal creatures, including us humans. These days, there seem to be more and more mullet and other baitfish like menhaden, and less pelagic fish, and some marine biologists are saying it’s due to the overfishing of larger predatory fish. There’s no shortage of either here, though.

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Can’t be sure, but that looks like a large hammerhead shark in the spotlight.

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These swimmers had their backs to the mayhem, and were caught unawares when mullet began to torpedo into their backs.

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