Are Man-Eating Creatures Lurking In Lake Michigan?
The idea of sharks strolling through the freshwater depths of Lake Michigan like shoppers on Magnificent Mile might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie but it's not outlandish.
All the talk of global warming sparked debates and curiosity among locals and enthusiasts.
Toss in a few sightings in Lake Michigan and you've got yourself an interesting topic.
"Is That A Shark?!"
In 1969, two fishermen pulled a 2-and-a-half shark from the water around two miles into Lake Michigan outside of Milwaukee.
A shark created a lot of watercooler talk when it was found floating in the water, albeit dead.
Apparently, it was part of an elaborate two-year prank that involved a local bar owner who caught a shark two years prior during a trip to Florida, according to Outforia.
The story goes that he caught it kept it in his freezer and asked two fishermen to drop the shark in the lake as a prank.
Lake Michigan Shark Attack, circa 1955
In 1955, a boy was pulled into a boat on Lake Michigan (off the shores of Chicago) with what appeared to be a wound from a shark.
The rescuer was shocked after realizing it looked like a shark bit off the child's leg, according to Shark Attack File.
I just couldn’t believe it, but I had to believe what I saw happening right before my eyes!
Doctors confirmed that it was indeed a shark bite. Witnesses say they saw the dorsal fin of a shark swimming away from where the boy was attacked.
Although unconfirmed, sources believe the bite was fatal.
But How Can A Shark Survive In A Lake?
Bull sharks can survive in both saltwater and freshwater habitats. But don't get all concerned because the conditions of Lake Michigan are far from ideal for their long-term habitation for bull sharks.
The water temperature and the lack of a substantial food source pose significant challenges for any potential shark population to thrive.