Todd caught the 8.5-ft long, 368-lb. That means the bull shark would have to accomplish all of this in a very short period of time, or, as Kevin Irons points out, find one of the places warm water is discharged into the lake by power plants. We searched public records for those names (including spelling variations) in the Chicago area, and found two George Lawsons and two John Adlers who could have been the right age in 1955; the Lawsons would have been under 16 and the Adlers over 18. While we’re at it, Orca whales are not attacking bears along a river in Alaska, and there are no whales off the coast of Chicago . No shark reports have been officially, “scientifically” documented in Lake Michigan. It actually bit a swimmer. I go swimming every year in lake michigan to a sand bar really really far out into the water, im usaully with 5 or 6 people but theres a deep canal between one sand bar and the other, we swim across it all the time. Unlikely. Their kidneys can adjust to the salinity of the water, or lack thereof. It’s highly unlikely there would actually be a shark swimming around in Lake Michigan. 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The species: bull shark. Shark in LAKE ONTARIO!! It is also the second-largest by surface area and the third-largest by volume of the five Great Lakes of North America. They don't mate or actually give birth in freshwater -- they do this in nearby tidal creeks that have a mix of salinity. Are they freshwater sharks? Of course, he means Steven Spielberg’s mega-hit film, which sparked tremendous fascination and fear of sharks. And it can be very difficult to prove that something did NOT happen. There’s also the Bull Shark, but there have been no confirmed reports of such a creature being caught in Lake Michigan. And don't say sharks live in saltwater because the bull shark has been spotted up in Saint Louis, MO and in freshwater (and confirmed as true). Look for the two-masted scow schooner Helen, dating from 1881, just north of Muskegon. For now, it is unlikely to find Bull Shark anytime in Lake Michigan because of the low water temperature. No shark reports have been scientifically documented in the lake. When mature, “Happy,” “Harry” and “Sir Bites-A-Lot” will each weight over 200 lbs., be 7+ feet long, and will be able to swim up to speeds of 19 km/hr. Furthermore, Willink says bull sharks have been documented as far as 2,000 miles upstream in the Amazon River, a few hundred miles farther than the distance between Lake Michigan and the nearest saltwater. Freshwater sharks are sharks able to live in freshwater lakes and rivers, including: the river sharks, Glyphis, true freshwater sharks found in fresh and brackish water in Asia and Australia; the bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, which can swim between salt and fresh water, and are found in tropical rivers around the world. Smith and other kayakers came across the swarm of jellyfish. Hilary Winiarz's day job is as a writer in corporate communication and a mother of a ten year old boy, Matty, who also likes sharks. Although now official record of it exists, a man was supposedly attacked by a shark in Lake Michigan in 1955. Local campground owner, Robert Helm, says he had warned authorities about the series of disappearances to no avail. “I’m not too fond of big bodies of water, especially sharks. We’d love to help Hillary, Adam, and the unsatisfied masses. How many sharks may be living in Lake Michigan right now? Those worried that the sharks won’t survive need not, says Rechin. “Lake Michigan is the perfect obstacle for myself and Jake. Lake ecology. There was a bull shark spotted in Lake Michigan at Chicago in 1955. There was a bull shark spotted in Lake Michigan at Chicago in 1955. It seems clear that if a remaining John Adler or George Lawson were involved in a shark attack, they were not interested in discussing it with Curious City. And yes, I know Lake Michigan is too cold to SUSTAIN bull sharks and Niagara Falls issue. “Nobody ever believed me anyway and it would’ve scared away the tourists,” he told local reporters. Curious City got two very similar questions, one from Adam Kovac of Chicago, and another from Hilary Winiarz of Hawthorn Woods. Now, there is another interesting story that should be added. Although it’s possible since it already has Sea Lampreys and Snakeheads – a shark would just be a common … But if you're curious what all it would take for a shark to get from the Mississippi River Delta to Lake Michigan in the first place, we've put together the details: If the shark did somehow manage to get through all eight locks and gates, it would face another immediate problem:The water is too cold. All three verifiable references of George Lawson occur in 1975, the year of Jaws, and a year characterized by intense shark interest world wide. This cluster of references suggests a likely scenario: Somebody, possibly one of Felix Dennis’ authors, possibly the Jaws of Death publishers, possibly the publishers of another mysterious book or magazine designed to capitalize on the Jaws phenomenon; somebody just made the whole thing up to sell magazines and make a quick buck. There have been “fin” sightings as was the case in Frankfort. World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. Periodically there are rumors of Bull sharks swimming up the Mississippi River and into the Illinois River to get to Lake Michigan, but this would be an unlikely journey. He was taking pictures of the sunrise at Fort Sheridan Beach July 11 when he snapped the photos. Your trophy belongs to the water’s how dare you break in to it’s home, hunt him down, only to kill it for your sick amusement. It sounds impossible, right? There have been “fin” sightings as was the case in Frankfort. Nevertheless, we took a three-pronged approach to answering this question. The story persists in various mythbusting columns, and while most experts think the story is probably an urban legend, Chicagoans keep bringing it up. UNREAL!! So if you believe Rowley, it suggests there may be another mysterious source of the Lake Michigan shark attack, possibly in another newspaper or magazine somewhere. They can also advise on off-limit areas to humans for the protection of wildlife. A Pacu, a relative of Piranhas known as the "ball nipper," was captured in Lake St. Clair Michigan this week. Try Lake Nicaragua and Lake Pontchartrain - and at the 14th hole of a golf course in Australia! Juvenile bull sharks do enter Lake Pontchartrain in large numbers; I hadn't heard that Katrina had any effect on this. “F. Bucks County Sharks Philadelphia Fight Pittsburgh Sledgehammers. There are no sharks in Lake Michigan. Although now official record of it exists, a man was supposedly attacked by a shark in Lake Michigan in 1955. And yes, I know Lake Michigan is too cold to SUSTAIN bull sharks and Niagara Falls issue. "You don't expect jellyfish to be in Michigan, let alone here on this little lake," said Timothy Smith of Grand Haven. Bull sharks can survive in both saltwater and freshwater, and have been known to frequent the lake. Phillip Willink admits the Shedd aquarium has several sharks swimming in tanks just a few feet from the waters of Lake Michigan, but promises “We keep them in the building at all times.” Kevin Irons allows a baby shark could arrive in a cargo ship’s ballast water tank, but it would most likely die in the lake. Are there sharks in lake michigan? Over time the details are exaggerated and enhanced into an enduring fiction. When we suggested that may prove a wild goose chase, she wasn’t sure: “The jury is still out on the goose chasey-ness of this of this, but it’s enough potential for a goose chase to say I might be spinning my wheels.”. Bull sharks can live in both freshwater and salt water, and are also known as Lake Gambezi and Lake Nicaragua sharks. A bull shark can survive in any lake. And, there has never been a scientifically-documented case of a shark found in Lake Michigan. So it is theoretically possible for a bull shark to swim to Lake Michigan, if it could find a viable route. One was later revealed as a prank, and scientists think the other may have been a prank, or possibly a discarded pet. Or, it’s possible Rowley or one of his collaborators just made up the story out of whole cloth, possibly after reading of the bull shark’s notorious habit of swimming up freshwater rivers. The Illinois River has seen at least one documented case. There is no such thing as a freshwater Marquette shark. — Elegant Seagulls (@elegantseagulls) April 1, 2013. Editors and reporters know there’s something fascinating and horrific about toothed death emerging from tranquil waters in a vacation spot to ruin somebody’s week. However, there are some creatures in our freshwater seas with oceanic counterparts. Dams now keep any wandering sharks from entering the river. Reports of whales in Lake Michigan are also patently untrue. A shark jawbone found in the Mississippi River of northern Minnesota in 2017 turned out to be from a sand shark, which can’t survive in freshwater and was most likely dumped there by a pet owner or prankster. This, more than any other piece of evidence, really makes the case that the bull shark story is an urban legend. HULL, QUEBEC – Hazardous invasive species experts with the Canadian government have recently approved a pilot project to both control the spread of invasive grass carp in Lake Huron and support biodiversity by re-introducing 6,000 carcharhinus Algonquin, an ancient species of freshwater shark that once thrived in the waters of this region. Sharks are native to saltwater habitats and Lake Michigan is a 100% freshwater lake. Approach 2: Locate the original source of the story, and evaluate its reliability. Nope, on second thought don’t imagine that. I don't know of any other shark reports from the Great Lakes. It would be rare, but bull sharks can survive in fresh water. Now you say sharks aren’t in lakes but I heard on Shark Week that a bull shark can live in fresh water, so I’m convinced Lake Michigan has bull sharks!” okay so about 2 days ago my dad was telling me that there are such things as 'freshwater sharks' i googled it, and he was right. There are also several documented instances of sharks being seen in Lake Michigan. No shark reports have been officially, “scientifically” documented in Lake Michigan. Ray Hubbard (formerly Forney Lake) is a man-made lake in the Trinity River Basin. “It would’ve been bad for business in town” he adds, visibly relieved since the capture of the large creature. “Either rising sea temperatures and depleted fish stocks possibly led the shark to adventure itself further into the Great Lakes region, but this is clearly the first occurrence of such a beast in the region that I can remember of” he admits, visibly puzzled. Approach 2: Where did this bull shark story come from anyway? According National Geographic, bull sharks frequent freshwater rivers and have traveled as far north as Illinois along the Mississippi River. I hate sharks and to get attacked by one is not on my list. So, yes, bull sharks can swim into freshwater and we think they can stay there for several years possibly.” Furthermore, Willink says bull sharks have been documented as far as 2,000 miles upstream in the Amazon River, a few hundred miles farther than the distance between Lake Michigan and the nearest saltwater. However, there's the canal connecting the Mississippi river issue. Unfortunately, he died of cancer in 2014, but his estate kindly put Curious City in touch with one of the authors of Man-Eating Sharks, Christopher Rowley, now based in upstate New York. I was at McCarty’s Cove early this morning to get some photos of the dawn sunlight on the Marquette Lighthouse. But bull sharks have been found in the Missisisippi River near St. Louis, MO, and in the Amazon River. That’s enough to tell you that the ocean is off limits, that is their home not yours. The details are thin. Is it true, or just a bunch of bull shark? 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. Thanks to Emily Charnock for sharkival assistance. It’s the kind of “fact” that makes you blink and wonder if you read it correctly. The big advantage of snorkeling in freshwater is the absence of dangerous creatures like sharks or jellyfish. Most sharks require salt water and most freshwater sharks don’t live anywhere near the Great Lakes. Edited by Newt, 21 January 2009 - 10:40 PM. A bull shark was found 2200 miles up the Amazon river in Peru as a matter of fact. John O’Keefe, a Canadian tourist and Toronto resident, captured the 3,000-pound beast while fishing for sturgeon in Michigan Lake yesterday. This seems highly unlikely. Authorities suspect that more than a hundred people reported missing in the area in the last decade may have fallen under the fangs of the gigantic beast, several local residents even suspecting its presence for a long time. So, yes, bull sharks can swim into freshwater and we think they can stay there for several years possibly.”. And the group says in their about text, “Track the whereabouts of Whales in Lake Michigan… Stretching for over 3,800 miles, the coastline is the longest of all the Great Lakes and encompasses over 30,000 islands. It would need to survive several years, living through the frigid winters, avoiding predation, until it was large enough to attack a child. However, there are some species of shark that live in freshwater. I mean he lived, so it’s not terribly tragic.” Still unsatisfied, she mentioned the possibility of going through hospital records to find a patient named George Lawson in 1955. 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