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Breaking News: Shark Photographed in Lake Superior

Earlier this morning a shark was photographed swimming in Lake Superior near McCarty’s Cove in Marquette.

Larry Beckwith contacted Yooper Steez to give us an exclusive first look at the photos he captured.

I was at McCarty’s Cove early this morning to get some photos of the dawn sunlight on the Marquette Lighthouse. It was about 9 a.m. when I headed back to my truck–I noticed something sticking out of the water out there. I grabbed my big lens. I immediately knew I was looking at a shark! It swam off real quick. – Larry Beckwith

After the sighting, Beckwith called his friend John Steele who works at the power plant. “We’re gonna take our sonar equipment up there right away,” Steele said. “We’ll try to track it while we can.”

A quick search on Twitter showed that others had been seeing something fishy in the area recently as well.

Though extremely rare, sharks have been spotted in fresh water areas before. As we know, Lake Superior is very cold especially this time of year. Tom Martineau, a retired DNR marine biologist, suggests that if a shark was near the water outlet from the power plant it might be able to survive due to the warm water discharge from the plant. We contacted the spokeswoman at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources office in Marquette, but she declined to comment.

If you have tips, more information, or have spotted the shark yourself, please contact us today. Stay tuned to Yooper Steez for further developments and please check back tomorrow for a more in depth report. For updates throughout the day check out our Twitter and Facebook Page.


Shark in Lake Superior

Shark Photographed in Lake Superior


18 Wonderful Comments

  1. Mean Granny
    Apr 1, 2013

    GREAT April Fool’s Joke! I walk down there all the time!

  2. April 1st, anyone?

  3. I was just about to comment on how I didn’t think sharks could live in lakes, even really big lakes. Then I remembered what day today is. ;-) Ha!

  4. Greg Heine
    Apr 1, 2013

    I was bit by a great white in Lake Superior, ten years ago today!

  5. LOL.. Have to love April 1st

  6. Really. Nice April fools joke

  7. Bullsharks can live in freshwater.

  8. But they did find a bullshark in lake michigan a long while back and one in the st.lawarnce river in canada before. The likelihood oh a shark surving in lake superior is slim to none.

  9. He was clearly feeding on Lake Superior seals!

  10. I just shared this…not realizing until someone pointed it out…LOL…got me 2 months later! LMAO

  11. Its probably one of those porpoising sturgeons if it was anything….

  12. There have been several confirmed accounts of Bull sharks in Lake Michigan. Somehow they are able to adapt to the cold freshwater. Who knows given some time we may actually see them in Lake Superior too.

  13. let me get my fishing rod… I’ll go confirm it :P

  14. Bullsharks can live in freshwater as babies but then have to migrate to salty waters when they become adults to survive.

  15. It’s orcala the killer trout!

  16. what the hell

  17. omg fake its a orca

  18. Scott Jackson
    May 27, 2017

    Just came across this…Gotta be a bull shark…the adults can survive in fresh water also, they go to fresh water to calve… The pup’s are alto safer in fresh water, and there’s plenty of lake trout and salmon for them to eat…I wondered how they tolerate the cold

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