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Bull Shark in Missippi River near St.Louis

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Just something to keep in mind for those people who swim in the Missippi River, apparently there was a 600 plus pound Bull Shark found in the River near St. Louis, Mo. I have not been able to verify this as of yet, but it makes one think twice about swimming in there.

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If you do a net search you find some pretty amazing stuff about bull sharks. They have been found as far north as Illinois in the Mississippi River and 2500 miles into the Amazon River.

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If memory serves me correctly, I read a book back in the very early 60's or late 50's about a shark that was caught in Lake Michigan by Chicago.

It didn't put up to much of a fight and was about 7 feet long. Thought was it was pretty close to death when caught.

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I saw this incident or a similar one documented on the Discovery Channel, so it must be true. grin.gif It stuck in my mind, and as I recall bull sharks have very efficient kidneys which make it possible for them to live in fresh water for long periods of time. I too have read well-documented cases of them showing up as far north as Illinois, although I think that was before the lock and dam system was constructed. Today, I am guessing the locks and dams that begin at St. Louis would make it more difficult for bull sharks to show up north of there...but not impossible, I guess. grin.gif

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