The summer weather is here, which means more and more people are going to the beach. At the same time, scientists say they are seeing more and more sharks right off the coast.

Dr. Marcus Drymon, a shark expert with Mississippi State University, says shark populations that were previously overfished are now increasing in a “healthy way”.

Drymon also teaches a class at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Almost 100 students from several universities across Alabama will travel for the Sea Lab’s summer program.

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On Tuesday, Drymon took about twenty of those students on a trip to tag and release sharks that live close to shore. It’s a critical part of the team’s research into local shark populations.

FOX10 News Reporter Devan Coffaro got to tag along for the ride! WATCH the video above for the full story.

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