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So what are bull sharks doing in Lake Pontchartrain?

Reader photographs shark on beach


  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.”

Reader photographs shark on beach

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.”

Angler Jumps Overboard to Save 300-Pound Bull Shark

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.