The Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) is warning the general public to avoid swimming in the Coral Gardens, Grace Bay Region, as a massive shark has been spotted lurking in the area, which is popular for snorkeling.
A video of the predator fish, which some claimed to be a Lemon Shark, has been making the rounds on social media on Friday, with hoteliers notifying their colleagues of the presence of the animal.
The matter was reported to the DECR, which issued a warning against swimming in the area.
“We respectfully request that all swimmers, snorkelers, resorts and vendors in the area refrain from swimming in the open water from the Bight Park to the Sibonne Resort until the Department has issued an 'all clear' and the area is confirmed safe for recreation,” the DECR statement said in part.
The Turks and Caicos Islands has the third largest barrier reef in the world, and according to the DECR, attracts various kinds of animals because of its healthiness, and according to the DECR, the sighting of the shark could be as a result.
“The Turks and Caicos Islands has healthy coral reefs and due to that we are always living close to marine animals. We should be aware of that we are entering their habitat when we enjoy the ocean, and that we are to approach with caution and respect,” the DECR further noted, adding the Carol Gardens is situated in a national park.
“We remind the public that Coral Gardens is situated in the Princess Alexandria National Park, a marine protected area in the Turks & Caicos Islands,” the government marine management and regulatory agency said.