A boy was attacked by a bull shark in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain. 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. 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. People say the great lakes are to cold. Normally, a freshwater dip would dilute the salt in a shark’s body, causing its cells to rupture and kill it. Nope no Bull here ……except Bull sharks. Along with its close relatives the tiger shark and the great white shark, the bull shark has been linked with the most number of documented shark attacks involving humans. Terms of Service Bull shark! But maybe this is just the newest “invasive species” to show up. Same thing goes for bull sharks. World News Daily Report  creates fake, outlandish stories published alongside unrelated photographs, racking up ad revenue via social media shares. Have seen a lot in those waters but have never and will never see a shark in them. 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. 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. Calendar, Privacy Policy In lake superior there were pictures of a shark taken near McCarty’s Cove. It is known for its aggressive nature, and presence in warm, shallow brackish and freshwater systems including estuaries and rivers. | 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. The Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), or Zambezi shark, is a species of shark of the genus Carcharhinus.. Do people really think there was a great white shark caught in the great lakes?! Right? Salmon are caught with teeth marks on them. The sharks deter all the barriers by moving into the Michigan when there are huge floods, that overflow the barriers. The bull shark is also known as the zambezi shark. That doesn’t seem to be the case from the evidence. If a boat from the Mississippi can make it to Lake Michigan so can a bull shark! Bull sharks are very aggressive in comparison to Great Whites. 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. Phone: 517 432 5417 Due to these barriers — and the sheer unlikelihood of the phenomenon — you shouldn’t expect to see any fins popping out of the surf at any regional beaches this summer. It’s debatable. Sharks can’t survive in the water temperatures that the great lakes attain in the Winter. Nature always finds a way . A bull shark was caught in Alton Illinois in 1937. Look up Lake Michigan sturgeon or just google biggest fish caught in the Great Lakes. Because some of these bites happened in freshwater and brackish water, scientists believe a bull shark, or multiple bull sharks, were responsible. Getty Images. 15 miles north of St.Louis. “People always want something exciting to talk about,” she said. Recycling the salt its body already contains allows bull sharks to adapt to strange environments, like freshwater. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Waukegan, IL | The capture of a 3,000-pound great white shark in Lake Michigan yesterday could explain the disappearance of hundreds of missing people in the region in the last decade, has confirmed the U.S. Coast Guard this morning. 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. Summer swimming activities can resume as normal. 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. Several have washed up on shore in Michigan and Georgian Bay. Since 2010, more than 600 people have drowned in the Great Lakes. My guess is no. 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. Bull sharks are also much more likely to be found in shallow water. seriously people, there are NO sharks in the Great Lakes. For now, it is unlikely to find Bull Shark anytime in Lake Michigan because of the low water temperature. The St. Lawrence River also has a very powerful current. Bull sharks have been recorded to swim into the Mississippi River and as far as north of Minnesota. It is found in tropical and subtropical coastal waters worldwide, as well as river systems and freshwater lakes.. Silly Americans… The biggest fish you will see in the Great Lakes is a 2ft Rainbow Pike weighing maybe upto 40 pds!! There’s a reason you see great whites on warm coasts through the winter and only ever up north in the summer. Great whites in the Great Lakes? “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.”. “The fish that are in the Great Lakes are overall much smaller than the prey items (sharks) can get in the ocean,” she said. But this shark is also known as one of the top 3 sharks most likely to attack humans (the other 2 are the Great White Shark and the Tiger Shark). I was at McCarty’s Cove early this morning to get some photos of the dawn sunlight on the Marquette Lighthouse. Was born and raised on the lower coast of lake Michigan just outside of St. Joe. 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. The large salmon population has dropped. Only shark adapted to survive in the cold climate that the great lakes offer is the greenland shark and that won’t happen because the lakes aren’t deep enough for them to live. There are reports of bull sharks having been caught in nets along the Saint Lawrence. “It takes them out of their normal environment. Recycling the salt its body already contains allows bull sharks to adapt to a freshwater environment. 0 CommentsRest of Summer Looks to be Great on the Great Lakes, 0 CommentsWatching the Great Lakes Return to the Past. Fresh water and barriers. The Detroit River is one of the most important waterways in the Great Lakes system, according to NASA’s post. 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. The bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), also known as the "Zambezi shark" (informally "zambi") in Africa, and "Lake Nicaragua shark" in Nicaragua, is a requiem shark commonly found worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers. But then, just a couple of them patrolling Lake Michigan’s shoreline would certainly add a measure of adventure, don’t you think? 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. Like similar cases with whales, many of these Great Lakes shark sightings are merely hoaxes, Peters said, spurred by all of the attention the species gets. Only bull sharks would have the ability to survive in fresh water. 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. 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. The bull shark is in Lake Michigan. People say how would they get there as they would have to go over Niagara falls? Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, including plants, animals, viruses, and bacteria. | Great Lakes Outdoors. State Guide A bull shark? 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. A big sturgeon does have a healthy, shark-like dorsal fin and tail, and they have been known to swim near the surface. They just find a flooded way around. They occasionally go after much larger prey — all creatures that are scarce in most freshwater environments. @ sher I’m from Michigan and I can tell you there are definitely bigger fish than a 40lbs pike. If they want to populate the lakes, bring ‘em on. B. Built with the Largo WordPress Theme from the Institute for Nonprofit News. A person from Toronto recently caught a 3000 pound great white shark from lake Michigan. HAHAHAHA!!! The Sea Life Aquarium in Michigan added sharks to its roster earlier this year. http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/fisherman-captures-3000-pound-great-white-shark-in-great-lakes/. 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. There are also open ocean cargo ships going into the great lakes. Your email address will not be published. Jamie Racklyeft was almost one of them and he's determined to make sure others survive too. All in all, I’ll continue worrying about errant meteorites about as much as I will with bull sharks in the big lake. I live in Michigan and really do not understand why people keep having the fantasy of a Shark swimming up in the lakes. From a science magazine. 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… Bull sharks have attacked humans though. Great Whites Can’t LIVE IN FRESHWATER, THEY WOULD SINK AND DROWN. In reality, a number of shark bites along the Jersey Shore in 1916 inspired Jaws. Podcast 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. I’m beginning to believe that if Ontario actually set up a program to study and try and capture sharks in the Great Lakes that they would probably find them. I've never heard of any bull shark attack, anywhere, in any Great Lake. I I swim in Lake Michigan in the 70s and all I got was a bad ear infection and saw lots of dead fish floating around and got out of there as fast as I could and there were women and children swimming. C. Fresh water kills ALL sharks within 6 months. They don’t have normal prey and they definitely aren’t going to find mates.”. 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. Curious where you can see freshwater sharks? Bull sharks have even been known to brave the extraordinarily the frigid waters of these northern locales. The otters will not venture into water deeper than 20 feet any more. @sher there are 500lbs 10 foot Lake sturgeon. But between Megalodon specials on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week earlier this month, one title caught my eye: Monsterquest: Jaws in Illinois. 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. All you people do your research! 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. Bull sharks are evasive and can live in Freshwater or salt water. About Us Actually, the prevalence of Asian carp in the Mississippi and other Midwestern waterways could provide a never- before abundant food source for the bull sharks. In fact, bull sharks are known to frequent freshwater lakes and streams. (https://greatlakesecho.org/2015/07/23/great-whites-in-the-great-lakes-bull-shark/), A bull shark off the coast of the Bahamas. I’m ready for a rematch. Pingback: Shark Free Great Lakes? There are no documented sightings of sharks in the Great Lakes. 20-30-40 billion walleyes in there, for starters, and the 5-6-7 foot shark is gonna run out of food. Sharks also like to hunt in shallow warm water and I can tell you that none have ever been spotted in the surf just off shore. THE SALT CONTENT HELPS THEM STAY BUOYANT! 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. The species: bull shark. What kind of shark could it be? No shark reports have been scientifically documented in the lake. There have been reports of bull sharks as well as black fin sharks there. For those not familiar with bull sharks, here are a few facts: - They can reach eleven feet in length. C’mon man! You do realize the massive amounts of undiscovered underwater caves and caverns dont you ? Bull sharks have been found up the Mississippi River as far as Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. 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. As for a Bull Shark in Lake Michigan, they couldn’t survive a Winter, its too cold! Email: poulsondavid@gmail.com, - Environmental news of the Great Lakes region. Not just that Bears and Sharks lol don’t mix … Like the article said watch Jaws!!! 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. 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. The only sharks in the Great Lakes region can be found behind glass in an aquarium. I caught a bull shark once in the Florida Keys and it was one of the toughest customers that ever stretched my line. Divers Frequently Interact With Bull Sharks In The Bahamas With No Incidents. It wouldn’t surprise me. Touring is the winter art of enjoying the woods and the company you're with. Try Lake Nicaragua and Lake Pontchartrain - and at the 14th hole of a golf course in Australia! 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. Fisherman Captures 3,000-Pound Great White Shark in Great Lakes? Jaws – When you picture the shark from the movie Jaws, it’s likely that you picture a great white shark. 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. A Bull Shark CAN LIVE IN FRESHWATER! 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. Advertising 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. There aren’t as much food and friends. It is the only large shark to frequent both fresh and salt water, and is perhaps the most dangerous fish to be encountered in freshwater lakes and rivers. Don’t be foolish, although some of ya believe in Bigfoot too. Now, in North America, the only river shark we have is the bull shark. Southern Illinois is still a long way from Lake Michigan, but they are connected. And there is always Shark Week highlights on the Discovery Channel’s website. I don’t know if they’ve actually eaten anyone, but reports of arm and leg amputations due to their bites aren’t hard to find. * Save $24.95 off the 10-issue newsstand rate, My Account Sharks in the Great Lakes. Television Editor: David Poulson The disadvantages to sharks of a freshwater environment, especially one like Lake Michigan, are clearer, according to Peters. “There’s not a lot of animals that have a whole week to themselves, that people look forward to.”. The name of the victim: George Lawson. Haha, get it? The Great Lakes are open to the ocean through the Gulf Of St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence River. E arlier this morning a shark was photographed swimming in Lake Superior near McCarty’s Cove in Marquette.. Larry Beckwith contacted Yooper Steez to give us an exclusive first look at the photos he captured. There have been “fin” sightings as was the case in Frankfort. “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.”. Lawson was bitten on the right leg. Unprovoked bull shark attacks on humans are not uncommon. Great White than mean ol' Mr. Bull. Dams now keep any wandering sharks from entering the river. Or, you know, grab some popcorn and a VHS of Jaws. You just happen to do this on cross-country skis. It is the species that is most likely responsible for the shark attacks that happened at Matawan Creek, New Jersey, in 1916. We're a project of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. The fact that we have sturgeon, salmon, trout and catfish as big as we do in those waters proves that there isn’t a large predictor swimming around… I’ve never seen large bite marks on any fish other than bear or mountain lion in that area. 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. 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. It might even suffer from frostbite. 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. If people have found alligators in ponds in IL why the hell do y’all not think so.eone wouldnt drop thier once pet bull shark in the lake or that they weren’t in the lake before all these prevent measures took place. “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.” The tip in downstate Illinois is also a long way from the Gulf of Mexico too. 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. There was a string of shark attacks on the Jersey shore in 1916, in which three of the attacks occurred in a creek. The shark grows to a maximum length of 11.5 feet (3.5 metres), but is usually 7.3-7.8 feet (2.2-2.3 metres) long. 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). 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. http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/fisherman-captures-3000-pound-great-white-shark-in-great-lakes/. Bull sharks were illegally introduced into the freshwater lake, and they are thriving! Great Lakes Echo Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/fisherman-captures-3000-pound-great-white-shark-in-great-lakes/, Shark Free Great Lakes? Never been a shark attack I rest my case. Bull sharks are notorious for swimming out of the salty ocean and venturing out and venturing hundreds of miles up freshwater rivers. “There may be one kind of shark that could survive — some of the time — in the Great Lakes,” said Amber Peters, an assistant professor specializing in Marine Ecology in Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. 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. Let’s be realistic, here. Frostbite. In fact, a prominent news story of a shark in Lake Ontario turned out to be a hoax from Discovery’s Shark Week. I did, however, read a story in the Detroit Free Press one morning about bull sharks being introduced to Lake Michigan - in the early 80s it was, I believe - which ran on April 1st. Of course, I don’t often have the chance to hook-up with fish around 8 feet long and that weigh 200 pounds or so. FAQs Documentation: There was a string of shark attacks on the Jersey shore in 1916, in which three of the attacks occurred in a creek. 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). Bull sharks are one of a very few of the 375 species of sharks with this physiology-altering ability, and they do it better than any other. The Great Lakes are an entirely different ecosystem. Of course, the lack of saltwater and appropriate food, and the colder temperatures in the water are hardly the only obstacles keeping a shark from reaching the Upper Great Lakes. An angler once caught a 5-foot Bull Shark in Alton, Illinois in the outskirt of St. Louis. 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. Also there is s lack of the amount and type of appropriate food in the Great Lakes to support the life of sharks. The details are thin. 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. 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. 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. 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). They have to deal with the stress from being in fresh instead of salt water. 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. But what about a sturgeon this could be a abundant food source for sharks wich would probably keep the sharks alive sence I remember hearing some stories about the Great Lakes being connected to the ocean a long time ago not to mention the depths of the Great Lakes such as Lake Superior. 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! Top six bull shark fishing hot spots 1) Bond University flood gates at Lake Orr . A passion for hunting, fishing, trapping and an outdoor lifestyle has been true north on Mike Schoonveld’s compass his whole life. A. Contact Us, Magazine Image: Wikimedia Commons. Email: GreatLakesEcho@gmail.com It’s debatable. That may sound like a low-budget horror you’d catch on Syfy, but the phenomenon of sharks swimming up rivers — and even into lakes — is real. The Illinois River has seen at least one documented case. People disappear out of there boats all the time. These three shark species plus the oceanic white tip are usually regarded as the most dangerous sharks to humans worldwide. Regarding Madison – Read this story then if you think that… How about a Great White Shark?… Ever. You can be among the first to get the latest info on where to go, what to use and how to use it! They could go through the Welland canal and come from the other Great lakes. They can easily adapt to the change. Food source… Seals provide a fat enriched diet that is loaded with calories that allow them to survive in colder climates main reason you see them primarily off the coast of california south and central america because of the seals and in australia and south africa because of the abundance of fish during the warm breeding season. The water temperature in the Great Lakes is far too cold for most sharks (including the Bull Shark). 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. This is hilarious. Hyperlinking Policy. Very little is understood about the bull shark’s physiological abilities, and any competitive advantages it brings are as yet unknown. Heck, it could always eat muskies.. It’s rainbow trout and no there’s 7 foot 500 pound surgeon in the great lakes I’m in thunder bay ont Canada and there here so, Madison – Read this story then if you think that… How about a Great White Shark?… Many festivals in the Great Lakes region were cancelled due to the pandemic, though tourists still visited in droves. You didn't see a news report about a fisherman's capture of a great white shark in Lake Michigan because it didn't happen. Even if it managed to make it through the summer months, our frigid winters would turn it into a “sharksicle” in no time. Now, Chicago is home to a lovely aquarium, but the Shedd was decidedly not the topic of the re-run — rather, it told a tale sharks swimming up the Mississippi River as far as Illinois. John O'Keefe, a Canadian tourist, captured the … Supposedly there are interlocking underwater canals between the Great lakes. Are there sharks in lake Erie. A bull shark’s typical diet consists of large, bony fish and smaller sharks. Ensnared in the net was a bull shark that was over five-feet long and 84 pounds. 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. 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. I couldn’t find any reports for Lake Superior. And that article about the White shark in the great lakes is so bogus – if you believe it, read the other articles on the website and you’ll quickly realize that it’s not a satire website, not a legitimate news source. - They are considered by divers to be the second most dangerous shark (after the great white). No shark reports have been officially, “scientifically” documented in Lake Michigan. 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. 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