A 21-year-old Pinellas County fisherman said he caught an 8-foot bull shark off Indian Shores beach on Monday and took a cell phone picture holding open its jaws as proof.
Wright said the bull shark gave him quite a scare when they let it loose.
Two massive bull sharks have been caught by area fishermen in the Indian River in the last three weeks, likely because females are migrating into Mosquito Lagoon to give birth.
Daily News reader Sementia Ann Reaves submitted this photo to the Daily News and wrote: “I was on my morning walk today (Monday) about 11 a.m. and saw a group of guys who had caught a bull shark (in Destin). After they and others took photos of the shark, one of the guys grabbed it by the tail and dorsal fin and steered it back into the surf. The shark then swam off.”
Catching and releasing a shark usually involves an angler removing a hook or cutting the line and watching the shark swim away. This bold angler outside of Lee County, Fla., decided he wanted to assure that the exhausted 300-pound predator he had just caught could swim away safely.
Seeing that the bull shark was struggling, the fisherman jumped overboard and wrapped his arms around the lower half of its body, helping the shark regain some energy. It appeared to work.
Bull sharks are considered by many to be among the most dangerous sharks in the world. This one could have attacked even in its exhausted state, but this angler decided to risk his life to make sure the shark could swim away safely.
Christian Mercurio of Randolph, N.J. got his leg and foot badly chomped by a 6-to-8-foot bull shark last week while fishing in waist-deep swells in Sanibel, Fla.
Brown said the shark made contact with a surfer’s surfboard. The surfer, a 10-year-old boy, was not injured was able to escape after unhooking his leash, according to the Post and Courier.
Colleen Malone was bitten on the foot June 25 while visiting Jacksonville, Fla. The 19-year-old college student says she was standing in about four feet of water about 40 feet from shore when she saw two fins. She started swimming away and says she was bitten on the foot by what appeared to be a bull shark about three feet long. Doctors sewed up her foot with about 50 stitches and are treating her with antibiotics.
Phil Bloom, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Natural Resource, says the account is patently untrue. No one from the DNR has even heard of a shark making it up the Wabash, let alone responded to a recent sighting.
“They have received no calls regarding a bull shark,” Bloom said.
When a fisherman caught a bull shark recently off the Florida Keys, he came across an unlikely surprise: One of the shark’s live fetuses had two heads.
The fisherman kept the odd specimen, and shared it with scientists, who described it in a study published online today (March 25) in the Journal of Fish Biology. It’s one of the very few examples of a two-headed shark ever recorded — there about six instances in published reports — and the first time this has been seen in a bull shark, said Michael Wagner, a study co-author and researcher at Michigan State University.