could there be sharks in the great lakes?
we finally broke down and got cable or whatever it's called. it's great. however there are lots of channels and it's difficult to chose one because there are lots of things to watch. i guess we could dvr them and i need to get into doing that.
anyway, this week was shark week on the discovery channel. i caught it halfway through but still got to watch some interesting shows.
i was flipping through the other night and saw the title "the 10 most dangeroud sharks." great marketing title. i immediately flipped to it. i caught the last 10 minutes of it. but they were the 10 minutes that defined whether or not i get back in lake michigan.
the top three most dangerous sharks, according to the show, were" no. 3, the tiger shark, no. 2, the white shark, and no 1, the bull shark.
i, too was surprised by the top choice. there are reasons for it. the bull shark is in areas where there are lots of people. here's where i freaked a bit. the bull shark is the only fish that can live in fresh and salt waters. it can live in fresh water for up to four years. WHOA!!!
i had been falling asleep but this caught my attention.
i look out at the lake and see a vast body of water. to me, it looks like an ocean. oceans equal sharks. so i imagine there are sharks out in the lake.
the bull shark has been spotted 2,000 miles inland up the amazon river. also, they travel up 50 or so miles up a river in australia. they give birth up there. the baby sharks live there and then swim out to the ocean.
that freaked me out. bull sharks are no white sharks. they're eight feet long. still, they have sharp teeth and cna kill.
as i'm watching this show, i'm thinking the bull shark can make its way up lake erie, huron, throught ehstraits and into beautiful lake michigan. WHOA!!
i went to sleep with this stuck in my head.
the following morning i'm relaying the information to dawn. she listens, fascinated by the bull shark's ability to live in fresh water. then i tell her my theory of th bull shark living in lake michigan.
she dismissed it. she said the great lakes are too cold for sharks to live in the waters of the lakes.
though she's probably right, i countered with another theory: maybe the sharks have adapted to living in colder waters. they are warm-blooded fish.
so i don't know. all i do know is that i look at the big lake with new skepticism. and i little bit of fright.
"we're gonna need a bigger boat."