SCOTLAND, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A Southern Maryland fisherman caught two bull sharks at the mouth of the Potomac River earlier this week.
John “Willy” Dean caught the 8-foot, male sharks weighing about 220 pounds each in nets on Tuesday near Point Lookout State Park at the tip of St. Mary’s County. They were found about 200 yards from a spot where people were swimming. The feat comes three years after Dean caught the first bull shark recorded in the Potomac in 37 years.
The first shark had drowned while caught in the net, but it was still imposing, Dean’s son, Greg, said. While Greg Dean returned to shore with the shark, Willy Dean and deckhand Patrick Ridgell headed back out, but they noticed fish acting strange. Once they spotted something like “a big gray cloud” and a dorsal fin, they called Greg Dean and a second deckhand, Richard Richie.
This shark was alive and thrashing around even after the four men hauled it on board, Greg Dean said.
“He can still snap his jaws, which he was still doing. We saw all those rows of teeth he had that were razor sharp,” Greg Dean said. “This is one of the most deadliest creatures on Earth, and we had him just a few inches away from us.”
Greg Dean says they plan to donate at least one shark for research, but the second may be cut up for steaks.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, bull sharks are commonly found in river mouths and have been caught in the Mississippi River as far upstream as Illinois.
See more photos of the sharks here.
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