One wouldn’t expect to come across sharks in the fresh waters of Maryland but apparently that is exactly what some fishermen found tangled in their fishing nets while in the Potomac River, according to Fox DC. In fact, they caught two near a swimming area in Point Lookout State Park in St Mary’s County and this isn’t the first time. They encountered another shark near the same area four years prior.
According to Fox DC:
“There are definitely sharks in the Potomac,” Dean says.
The first shark was pretty close to death when it was discovered Tuesday. But the second one, eight feet long and over 200 pounds, put up quite a fight.
A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist was on board when the sharks were hauled in and will be looking in to why these dangerous, testosterone-fueled bull sharks, known to bite swimmers, were in the Potomac.
Although Maryland has never recorded a reported shark attack experts urge swimmers to be careful when swimming and avoid swimming in the Potomac River at night or early in the morning when sharks are known to feed.