Fresh water and barriers. That one kind, the bull shark, isn’t as well known as the Jaws-featured great white, but it has a unique trick — its kidneys recycle salt vital to the animal’s cells. The site’s disclaimer clearly states that WNDR‘s articles are “satirical” and “fictional”: There are plenty of chances for sharks to get into the great lakes. But between Megalodon specials on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week earlier this month, one title caught my eye: Monsterquest: Jaws in Illinois. I caught a bull shark once in the Florida Keys and it was one of the toughest customers that ever stretched my line. Unprovoked bull shark attacks on humans are not uncommon. I’m ready for a rematch. A person from Toronto recently caught a 3000 pound great white shark from lake Michigan. * Save $24.95 off the 10-issue newsstand rate, My Account In the autumn of 2005 shark teeth were found along the Minnehaha creek, a very cold creek not far from the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which were analyzed and found to be those of a juvenile bull shark and dated as being very recent. These three shark species plus the oceanic white tip are usually regarded as the most dangerous sharks to humans worldwide. Recycling the salt its body already contains allows bull sharks to adapt to a freshwater environment. Most likely, shark fin “sightings” on the Great Lakes are either an apparition brought on by the sun, waves, fantasies or alcohol—or they could just be lake sturgeon. A. Have seen a lot in those waters but have never and will never see a shark in them. We're a project of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. For those not familiar with bull sharks, here are a few facts: - They can reach eleven feet in length. The sharks deter all the barriers by moving into the Michigan when there are huge floods, that overflow the barriers. I couldn’t find any reports for Lake Superior. Bull shark was the second species of shark to have appeared on Animal Face-off, and the last species of shark to appear on this show up to date. Bull sharks have been recorded to swim into the Mississippi River and as far as north of Minnesota. The large salmon population has dropped. This week, Discovery upped the fakery another notch, creating a false news report of a bull shark in Lake Ontario: "It’s O.K., Canada. Or, you know, grab some popcorn and a VHS of Jaws. According to one of the online sites I monitor, there was apparently a shark sighting reported in Lake Michigan near Frankfort, Mich., and that’s not the first one I’ve ever heard about in this water. However, even one venturing up the Mississippi River Basin would have to get through the electric barrier at Chicago that’s designed to keep invasive species out of Lake Michigan. Fisherman Captures 3,000-Pound Great White Shark in Great Lakes? Was born and raised on the lower coast of lake Michigan just outside of St. Joe. Normally, a freshwater dip would dilute the salt in a shark’s body, causing its cells to rupture and kill it, according to National Geographic. There have been reports of bull sharks as well as black fin sharks there. Many festivals in the Great Lakes region were cancelled due to the pandemic, though tourists still visited in droves. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. There are no documented sightings of sharks in the Great Lakes. There have been “fin” sightings as was the case in Frankfort. A passion for hunting, fishing, trapping and an outdoor lifestyle has been true north on Mike Schoonveld’s compass his whole life. World News Daily Report  creates fake, outlandish stories published alongside unrelated photographs, racking up ad revenue via social media shares. @sher there are 500lbs 10 foot Lake sturgeon. Bull sharks are one of a very few of the 375 species of sharks with this physiological-altering ability, and they do it better than any other. You just happen to do this on cross-country skis. In fact, a prominent news story of a shark in Lake Ontario turned out to be a hoax from Discovery’s Shark Week. Documentation: It wouldn’t surprise me. In the case of lake superior it was suggested that the warm water discharge from a power plant could aid in the survival of a shark in the colder waters. Email: GreatLakesEcho@gmail.com I was at McCarty’s Cove early this morning to get some photos of the dawn sunlight on the Marquette Lighthouse. Nature always finds a way . “Bull sharks couldn’t really deal with the winter temperatures in the Great Lakes, or the scarcity of food, but it’s possible that if one swam in, it could live for a while,” said Amber Peters, an assistant professor specializing in marine ecology in Michigan State’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.”. Haha, get it? In fact, bull sharks are known to frequent freshwater lakes and streams. These materials often include non-native, nuisance, invasive, exotic species that can cause extensive ecological and economic damage to aquatic ecosystems along with serious human health problems. People say how would they get there as they would have to go over Niagara falls? Image: Wikimedia Commons. So I suppose if a shark with a case of northerly wanderlust could make it to the Illinois River north of St. Louis, it could make it the rest of the way. Sharks also prefer to feed on prey that they can ambush from the depths and not only have no surfers in the area ever been attacked there are no large land dwelling amphibious animals that they can prey on that would have a high enough calorie count for them to survive in waters that don’t get any warmer than 70 degrees fahrenheit on average through the hottest months in the summer. Large tankers, and bulk cargo carriers use a huge amount of ballast water, which is often taken on in the coastal waters in one region after ships discharge wastewater or unload cargo, and discharged at the next port of call, wherever more cargo is loaded. Even a bull shark venturing up the Mississippi River basin would have to get through the electric barrier at Chicago that’s designed to keep invasive species out of Lake Michigan. A boy was attacked by a bull shark in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain. C. Fresh water kills ALL sharks within 6 months. Are there sharks in lake Erie. Of course, the lack of salt and companionship and appropriate grub are hardly the only obstacles keeping a shark from reaching the upper Great Lakes. Bull sharks have even been known to brave the extraordinarily the frigid waters of these northern locales. Because some of these bites happened in freshwater and brackish water, scientists believe a bull shark, or multiple bull sharks, were responsible. HAHAHAHA!!! The shark often linked to these attacks is the Great White Shark (though some scholars debate that it was a bull shark, simply because they have been known to live in freshwater). B. Silly Americans… The biggest fish you will see in the Great Lakes is a 2ft Rainbow Pike weighing maybe upto 40 pds!! Pingback: Shark Free Great Lakes? Your email address will not be published. The details are thin. It is known for its aggressive nature, and presence in warm, shallow brackish and freshwater systems including estuaries and rivers. The chance of there being a shark in the Great Lakes is worse than the chance I’ll win the Lottery or that a meteorite will fall from the sky and sink my boat next time I go fishing. The tip in downstate Illinois is also a long way from the Gulf of Mexico too. Summer swimming activities can resume as normal. Several have washed up on shore in Michigan and Georgian Bay. Great Whites Can’t LIVE IN FRESHWATER, THEY WOULD SINK AND DROWN. There have been reports of dead sharks apparently washed up on the beaches in Lake Huron, Erie and Ontario, but there’s no way to tell whether they came on their own or were planted there as pranks. About Us Of course there are great white sharks in the Great Lakes – the sharks simply attach a water salination device to their gills & presto – have salt will travel! I've never heard of any bull shark attack, anywhere, in any Great Lake. The Sea Life Aquarium in Michigan added sharks to its roster earlier this year. seriously people, there are NO sharks in the Great Lakes. Bull sharks have attacked humans though. Since 2010, more than 600 people have drowned in the Great Lakes. The shark often linked to these attacks is the Great White Shark (though some scholars debate that it was a bull shark, simply because they have been known to live in freshwater). It should not be confused with the sand tiger shark (Carcharhinus taurus), which is also called bull shark in other languages.Many people consider the bull shark one of the most dangerous sharks in the world since this species has many attacks on humans registered, and according to the Internation Shark Attack File, it is the third species with most attacks on humans, only af… A bull shark’s typical diet consists of large, bony fish and smaller sharks. Bull shark! There are reports of bull sharks having been caught in nets along the Saint Lawrence. “It couldn’t really deal with the winter temperatures, or the lack of food, but it’s possible that if one swam in it could live for a while.”. There have been small great white sharks that have been caught in rivers in the past years, so it is possible, it’s just not as often seen as a bull shark in fresh water. The name of the victim: George Lawson. Advertising I’m not saying there has never been a shark in Lake Michigan, but they can’t survive because of the water (lack of salt their lungs need) and the cold water temps, not the food sources. Great White than mean ol' Mr. Bull. Teddy takes a trip to Kingston, Ontario, an area where there is plenty of food for sharks, if they were to surface in the Great Lakes. Though bull sharks have been known to ascend the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico as far as St. Louis, Willink says the number of locks and dams as well as the electric barrier on the Illinois River would make it next to impossible for even a bull shark to enter the Great Lakes. Kids should not have acces to seeing this content because it could make them scared for life or not want to go out and swim in the Great Lakes. Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/fisherman-captures-3000-pound-great-white-shark-in-great-lakes/, Shark Free Great Lakes? “The fish that are in the Great Lakes are overall much smaller than the prey items (sharks) can get in the ocean,” she said. The Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), or Zambezi shark, is a species of shark of the genus Carcharhinus.. A bull shark would have to travel up the Mississippi, through a complicated lock system, and while its possible it could have reached Lake Michigan in the past, now there are barriers in place to prevent the spread of invasive species of Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Editor: David Poulson | Great Lakes Outdoors, 2020 Festival cancellations deal blow to local economies, Podcast: Climate change and winter sports, NASA astronaut captures Belle Isle image from space. Salmon are caught with teeth marks on them. Lawson was bitten on the right leg. Email: poulsondavid@gmail.com, - Environmental news of the Great Lakes region. But the three shark species that are most commonly implicated in attacks on people are, in order, the great white shark, the tiger shark, and the bull shark. One of the Midwest’s most prolific outdoor communicators, scores of his columns have been published in the pages of MidWest Outdoors since the first one appeared in 1987. An angler once caught a 5-foot Bull Shark in Alton, Illinois in the outskirt of St. Louis. As for a Bull Shark in Lake Michigan, they couldn’t survive a Winter, its too cold! There have been small great white sharks that have been caught in rivers in the past years, so it is possible, it’s just not as often seen as a bull shark in fresh water. You do realize the massive amounts of undiscovered underwater caves and caverns dont you ? There was a string of shark attacks on the Jersey shore in 1916, in which three of the attacks occurred in a creek. Calendar, Privacy Policy There’s no such fish as a “rainbow pike.” You’re thinking of a pike cichlid, which are found in South America, and not in the Great Lakes. From a science magazine. State Guide Only bull sharks would have the ability to survive in fresh water. A Bull Shark CAN LIVE IN FRESHWATER! And one venturing from the Atlantic coast into the St. Lawrence River would have to negotiate that seaway’s lock system — or swim up Niagara Falls. They just find a flooded way around. “It takes them out of their normal environment. Southern Illinois is still a long way from Lake Michigan, but they are connected. Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, including plants, animals, viruses, and bacteria. Ensnared in the net was a bull shark that was over five-feet long and 84 pounds. People say the great lakes are to cold. There was a string of shark attacks on the Jersey shore in 1916, in which three of the attacks occurred in a creek. That doesn’t seem to be the case from the evidence. A bull shark was caught in Alton Illinois in 1937. Built with the Largo WordPress Theme from the Institute for Nonprofit News. Bull sharks were illegally introduced into the freshwater lake, and they are thriving! Terms of Service FAQs The lake is warmer than the other Great lakes and if there is evidence in the other lakes I have no doubt they are here as well. “Bull sharks couldn’t really deal with the winter temperatures in the Great Lakes, or the scarcity of food, but it’s possible that if one swam in, it could live for a while,” said Amber Peters, an assistant professor specializing in marine ecology in Michigan State’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.” One venturing from the Atlantic Coast into the St. Lawrence River would have to negotiate that seaway’s lock system and then make it through the locks in the Welland Canal or swim up and over Niagara Falls to access the Upper Great Lakes. John O'Keefe, a Canadian tourist, captured the … No shark reports have been officially, “scientifically” documented in Lake Michigan. (https://greatlakesecho.org/2015/07/23/great-whites-in-the-great-lakes-bull-shark/), A bull shark off the coast of the Bahamas. However, while channel surfing during the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week in midsummer, one title from a program caught my eye—”Monsterquest: Jaws in Illinois.” It told a tale of oceanic sharks swimming up the Mississippi River as far as Illinois. Great Lakes Echo reporter Claire Moore chats with University of Waterloo, Ontario, professor Daniel Scott about how climate change may affect skiing and other winter sports in eastern North America in the coming decades. All you people do your research! @ sher I’m from Michigan and I can tell you there are definitely bigger fish than a 40lbs pike. This myth and urban legend crops up from time to time as fishermen spin tales of hauling up bull sharks– and even Great Whites– from the freshwater depths of the Great Lakes. Nope no Bull here ……except Bull sharks. Curious where you can see freshwater sharks? The Global Shark Attack File, a listing of every documented shark attack in recent history, compiled by the non-profit Shark Research Institute, lists a shark attack in Lake Michigan in 1955. For those interested in seeing some sharks, the region is home to the Shedd and some other great aquariums, including Ohio’s Greater Cleveland Aquarium, which even offers diving with sharks. They don’t have normal prey and they definitely aren’t going to find mates.”. https://abcnews.go.com/International/watch-great-white-shark-disrupt-fishing-popular-australia/story?id=27387189, ABC news report Yes great whites live in lakes. People disappear out of there boats all the time. A bull shark? | Great Lakes Outdoors. The water temperature in the Great Lakes is far too cold for most sharks (including the Bull Shark). And there is always Shark Week highlights on the Discovery Channel’s website. Do people really think there was a great white shark caught in the great lakes?! Normally, a freshwater dip would dilute the salt in a shark’s body, causing its cells to rupture and kill it. Touring is the winter art of enjoying the woods and the company you're with. Dams now keep any wandering sharks from entering the river. These have been found in freshwater around the world, including in water thousands of miles up South America’s Amazon, in lakes in Central America, and, evidently, as far up the Mississippi as Illinois according to National Geographic. They have been reportedly seen in Lake Michigan, although some instances, like this dead bull shark found on the lake’s shore, are a bit uncertain. Bull sharks have been found in freshwater around the world: thousands of miles up South America’s Amazon, in Central American lakes and as far up the Mississippi as Illinois, according to National Geographic. This species isn’t as well known as the famous great white in Jaws, but it has a unique trick—its kidneys can recycle salt vital to the animal’s cells. 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