Could This Extremely Scary “Fish” Be Swimming In Montana Rivers?
Well, this is certainly frightening.
I was reading an article about how folks have reported sharks in the Missouri River. Yep, you read that right, sharks in the Missouri River. Apparently, it's a rare thing, but it has happened and it seems to be a certain type of shark that's been spotted.
The Bull Shark, which is known to be highly aggressive is known to make its way upstream into rivers in landlocked states. The Bull Shark is diadromous, which means it can survive in both salt water and fresh water. The Bull Shark can grow up to 11 feet and is considered by some to be more dangerous to humans than any other shark.
Having said that, there's no way that a Bull Shark could be found in Montana, right? Well, actually there is. In fact, according to balisharks.com, although rare, there have been "sightings" of Bull Sharks in Montana waters over the years.
The sightings have come during the warmer months, but the idea of a shark swimming in Montana might be a little hard to take. I mean, it sounds like a really cheesy horror movie that stars C-List actors from the 90s, right? A family decides to head to Montana to go camping, only to find themselves terrorized by a killer shark.
Except, in this case, it seems it's a real possibility. Well, the shark part, not the family being terrorized.
Oh and if that's not scary enough for you, according to the article, Bull Sharks aren't the only shark that could be found here in Montana, there are others like "the Great White Shark, the Pacific Sleeper Shark, and the Salmon Shark."
So what are the chances that you run across a shark here in Montana?
Well, not very high. Annually there are right around 72 shark attacks around the world, resulting in right around 5 deaths so I wouldn't let the idea of being attacked by a shark stop you from your water adventures, however, the idea of "swimming with the sharks" is enough to make you second guess it, if even for just a second.
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