Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Eight Foot Shark Found in Potomac River

Let me repeat that headline: An eight foot shark was found in the Potomac River.

Eight foot. Shark. Potomac River.

According to a report on NBC4's website, on Tuesday a fisherman caught an eight foot bull shark three miles north of Point Lookout. Here's a little information about bull sharks that will scare the pants off of you. So sayeth Wikipedia: "The bull shark is well known for its unpredictable, often aggressive behavior. Since bull sharks often dwell in shallow waters, they may be more dangerous to humans than any other species of shark, and...are among the three shark species most likely to attack humans." You can read the full NBC story, complete with a photo of the shark that was caught, here.

I know where I'm not going swimming this weekend.


  1. I wouldn't call Point Lookout "Local" to DC.

  2. Point Lookout might not be in DC, but it's way to close when it comes to a dangerous, large shark. And that sharks swim from one place to another, don't they? The idea that we now have to watch out for sharks while in the Potomac is scary!

  3. It's local enough to be TOO local. Bill, you always catch the best stories -- this one, however, will not be the best catch of the day.

    From Your Friend,

  4. Unbelievable! Earlier this week I was floating in the surf on a peaceful little island on the NC/SC coast. I reflected on the calm water and absence of sharks over the past 15 years. A few minute later I saw a 5 ft. shark in 12 inches of water at the foot of my sand chair. We leave for home tomorrow and now the sharks are there too - and not the typical DC shark.