It's summer so that means that shark sightings are on the rise in the oceans... but in Lake Ontario? Isn't that a fresh water lake? Yes, but, being one of the great lakes it empties into the St. Lawrence river which eventually empties out into the Atlantic ocean. Some say it is possible for a shark to swim upstream and live in fresh water temporarily, a Great White wouldn't be able to survive but the Great Lake could certainly become home to a Bull Shark, who has the ability to breathe and maneuver quite well in fresher waters. Bull Sharks are actually much more aggressive and hostile than the widely feared Great White. Not that it matters, really. I wouldn't want to swim into either of them without a huge honkin' shark cage around me.
Can you imagine fishing on Wolfe Island at the point where Lake Ontario empties into the St. Lawrence river. Then suddenly you hook this?
This supposedly happened according to this smart phone video of three friends fishing posted on Youtube.
I'd like to think I'd react like Quint would've but the truth is I'd probably run screaming like the rest of the people on the beach in Jaws. Imagine my relief when I read this in my local online fish wrapper The Democrat and Chronicle-
Summer swimming activities can resume as normal in Lake Ontario, according to a press release put out on behalf of the Discovery channel. The widely-circulated video of a shark swimming in Lake Ontario is, in fact, not a real shark. The video of the life-like prosthetic model shark is the first stage of a multi-level marketing campaign tied to the channel's summer event, Shark Week. Released on YouTube last Friday, the video has since gone viral getting 220,000 views so far, according to the release. Of course, we were never completely hooked that the video was real ..
So if someone catches a shark in your neighborhood it probably came from a Shark week ad. Shark week begins Sunday August 10th on Discovery.