8-foot Sharks in the Potomac

American fishermen have been catching 8-foot-long bull sharks in the Potomac river. The sharks seem to be swimming in to feed on rays and crabs which thrive upriver.

Willy Dean was on the Potomac River in a 22-foot skiff Tuesday morning when he realized there was something both abnormal and enormous in his net. It was a deadly 8-foot-1 bull shark, a 300-pound-plus killer that had likely been feasting on cownose rays at Cornfield Harbor, just off the shores of Point Lookout State Park.

Buh bump. Buh bump. Buh bump buhbump buhbump. . . .

“When I first seen it, it was like ‘Jaws’ — we need a bigger boat!” Dean said Thursday. “I’m not kidding you. It looked huge. I didn’t know how we were gonna get it out. It’s my first shark. I’ve been fishing here a little over 30 years, and it’s the first time I’ve even seen one.”

Bull sharks, one of the most dangerous varieties of shark, are different from many others in that they can tolerate fresh water…if they’re hungry enough.

Cue the ‘Jaws’ Theme: Fishermen are Catching 8-foot Sharks in the Potomac River [Washington Post]


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