Ministry Confirms Bull Sharks In St. Lawrence

 Category: Gananoque & Leeds & 1000 Islands
 Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 06:45
 Written by Media Release / EON News

The Ministry of Fish and Game have confirmed that a Male Bull Shark was caught and submitted to the Ministry last summer in the St. Lawrence River. There have also been additional fins spotted this season in the main channel, which means that there has been active mating in the river and that there are indeed Bull Sharks in the river.

The shark was caught near the main shipping channel, south of Mallorytown Landing in the month of August by a local angler who brought the suspicious fish immediately to ministry officials. The ministry indicated that the bull shark exceeded four feet in length. Ministry officials wanted to wait until Spring to understand the possible size of the shark problem in the St. Lawrence.

While bull sharks are commonly found along coastlines, bays, and harbors, they also frequent a most uncommon shark habitat—freshwater rivers.

The species has been spotted 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) up the Amazon River in South America and dwell in Lake Nicaragua, a freshwater lake in Central America. Now they are in the St. Lawrence River.

Ministry officials urge boaters and swimmers to exercise caution until the end of the day after which the threat will no longer exist….For more information contact us.

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