"I went out there because I was curious if there were more sharks than normal, and there’s not," he said. "It’s just the usual amount of bull sharks.
Although most anglers are well aware that bull sharks prowl the brackish waters of Lake Pontchartrain, many New Orleans residents — some of whom have been swimming in the lake all their lives — have no idea. That may change after…
A shark bit a Lakeview boy swimming with his family in Lake Pontchartrain Friday afternoon. The attack happened off of Southshore Harbor.
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.