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2013-08-22 09:23:39 AM  
K, is there a marine biologist in the house?

Is "testosterone-fueled bull sharks" just purple prose, or is there something to that?
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-08-22 09:23:59 AM  
I call shenanigans. Sharks and lawyers don't join congress, they join the house.
 
2013-08-22 09:26:23 AM  
Hmmmm, I have friends doing the Nations Triathlon next month. I wonder if I should post the link on Facebook.
 
2013-08-22 09:27:04 AM  
TFA says this is a "most unlikely place" for sharks to be. Um, no it isn't. This is part of bull sharks' natural habitat. They can be found hundreds of miles up rivers.
 
2013-08-22 09:28:32 AM  

PunGent: K, is there a marine biologist in the house?

Is "testosterone-fueled bull sharks" just purple prose, or is there something to that?


Purple prose.  I saw River Monsters where Jeremy Wade was pulling bull sharks out of an inland river in... South Africa I think.

They would hang around under fishing boats snatching fish from fishermen 's lines as they reeled em in.

Hunger and instinct driven, not mindless voracious macho killing machines.
 
2013-08-22 09:31:07 AM  

jbrooks544: TFA says this is a "most unlikely place" for sharks to be. Um, no it isn't. This is part of bull sharks' natural habitat. They can be found hundreds of miles up rivers.


Technically they're saltwater fish, and unless they're searching for prey they stay on the coast.

Awesome creatures.
 
2013-08-22 09:33:29 AM  

gja: I call shenanigans. Sharks and lawyers don't join congress, they join the house.


K Street canyon.  More legal, if still slimy, money to be had.
 
2013-08-22 09:34:55 AM  
"it was a surprise coming face-to-face with two big sharks.  Lots of excitement".   So we promptly killed them.
 
2013-08-22 09:39:09 AM  
There is a solution to the Shark problem.

31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-22 09:39:55 AM  

PunGent: Is "testosterone-fueled bull sharks" just purple prose, or is there something to that?


Complete BS. In fact, it could very well be the opposite. Female sharks in general give birth in inshore areas where there is more structure to allow offspring to hide from other predators (like bigger sharks). Bull sharks in particular take this to the next level and often give birth upstream in estuaries, even in 100% fresh water. Bull sharks are also known to go FAR upstream in rivers. There are records in the Mississippi up to Illinois/St. Louis, and there are also records, if not established populations, in the Zambezi River in Africa, the Ganges River, the Amazon, Lake Nicaragua, the Brisbane River and Lake Macquarie in Australia, etc. Bull sharks are also thought to be responsible for strings of inshore attacks in New Jersey in the early 1900s.

Bottom line- bull sharks enter freshwater all the time, to forage, give birth, etc. Testosterone probably has little to do with it.
 
2013-08-22 09:44:30 AM  

gja: I call shenanigans. Sharks and lawyers don't join congress, they join the house.


Um, the House is one-half of Congress.  You might want to watch some old Schoolhouse Rock episodes...
 
2013-08-22 09:44:34 AM  

juvandy: Bottom line- bull sharks enter freshwater all the time, to forage, give birth, etc. Testosterone probably has little to do with it.


Agreed but usually south or equatorial.  The Potomac ain't Brisbane.
 
2013-08-22 09:44:58 AM  
I thought Pt. Lookout was on the Chesapeake Bay?  Haven't been there in a while could be wrong....
 
2013-08-22 09:47:52 AM  

jbrooks544: TFA says this is a "most unlikely place" for sharks to be. Um, no it isn't. This is part of bull sharks' natural habitat. They can be found hundreds of miles up rivers.


A Bull Shark was once even confirmed to have been seen as far up the Mississippi as Alton, Illinois.
 
2013-08-22 09:51:37 AM  
What a load of bullshark.
 
2013-08-22 09:55:24 AM  
This just in, bull sharks do just fine in estuaries/fresh water.
 
2013-08-22 09:56:21 AM  
csb/ I was surf casting with my brother on a crowded beach, when he mischievously rigged for sharks.  Hauled a small one in, and as the word spread, the water emptied of humans for several hundred yards in either direction. Heh.

/released it unharmed
 
2013-08-22 09:59:05 AM  

Tad_Waxpole: jbrooks544: TFA says this is a "most unlikely place" for sharks to be. Um, no it isn't. This is part of bull sharks' natural habitat. They can be found hundreds of miles up rivers.

A Bull Shark was once even confirmed to have been seen as far up the Mississippi as Alton, Illinois.


I see we've all got subscriptions to NatGeo Wild.
 
2013-08-22 10:00:14 AM  

jakomo002: PunGent: K, is there a marine biologist in the house?

Is "testosterone-fueled bull sharks" just purple prose, or is there something to that?

Purple prose.  I saw River Monsters where Jeremy Wade was pulling bull sharks out of an inland river in... South Africa I think.

They would hang around under fishing boats snatching fish from fishermen 's lines as they reeled em in.

Hunger and instinct driven, not mindless voracious macho killing machines.


Well, testosteron fueled might be "purple prose" but they do have the largest testosterone concentration of any large animal.
 
2013-08-22 10:02:45 AM  
I would be more worried about the raw sewage DC dumps into Potomoc.
 
2013-08-22 10:06:19 AM  
Two sharks caught in Potomac river on their way to join congress lobbying firms

FTFY.
 
2013-08-22 10:08:06 AM  

machodonkeywrestler: Well, testosteron fueled might be "purple prose" but they do have the largest testosterone concentration of any large animal.


They may be, but "testosterone fueled" makes it sound like they're gangbangers roaming the waters causing mayhem.

Although "fish fueled" sounds lame.
 
2013-08-22 10:18:36 AM  

Missicat: I thought Pt. Lookout was on the Chesapeake Bay?  Haven't been there in a while could be wrong....


You're not wrong. They were found where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake Bay.
 
2013-08-22 10:34:13 AM  
Not unusual for this to happen. It's brackish water.

Years ago, my father caught a sand shark near Westmoreland State Park which is well upriver from the bay. Two weeks ago, a Manatee was filmed in the Appomattox River here in Va. and dlphins have been observed well into the Chesapeake Bay.

I'm not going to worry until my beagle delivers a litter of kittens.
 
2013-08-22 10:36:00 AM  
Chesapeake Bay seafood house was awesome when I was a kid.


/"Potomac Senior High School Football rules!"
 
2013-08-22 10:36:16 AM  

FrancoFile: gja: I call shenanigans. Sharks and lawyers don't join congress, they join the house.

Um, the House is one-half of Congress.  You might want to watch some old Schoolhouse Rock episodes...


Damnit, as soon as you said that you forced out an instant "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?"
 
2013-08-22 10:38:52 AM  

biscuitsngravy: Chesapeake Bay seafood house was awesome when I was a kid.


/"Potomac Senior High School Football rules!"


You spelled "Crossland Senior High School" wrong.
/Cavs!
 
2013-08-22 10:39:56 AM  

Walker: Missicat: I thought Pt. Lookout was on the Chesapeake Bay?  Haven't been there in a while could be wrong....

You're not wrong. They were found where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake Bay.


Good, thought I was getting old and senile.  Used to be a beautiful drive down there...25 years ago.  Hate to think what it looks like now.
 
2013-08-22 10:44:48 AM  

juvandy: PunGent: Is "testosterone-fueled bull sharks" just purple prose, or is there something to that?

Complete BS. In fact, it could very well be the opposite. Female sharks in general give birth in inshore areas where there is more structure to allow offspring to hide from other predators (like bigger sharks). Bull sharks in particular take this to the next level and often give birth upstream in estuaries, even in 100% fresh water. Bull sharks are also known to go FAR upstream in rivers. There are records in the Mississippi up to Illinois/St. Louis, and there are also records, if not established populations, in the Zambezi River in Africa, the Ganges River, the Amazon, Lake Nicaragua, the Brisbane River and Lake Macquarie in Australia, etc. Bull sharks are also thought to be responsible for strings of inshore attacks in New Jersey in the early 1900s.

Bottom line- bull sharks enter freshwater all the time, to forage, give birth, etc. Testosterone probably has little to do with it.


Farther than that. Sharks have been documented in Minnesota, and there was a report in 1955 of an attack in Lake Michigan, off a Chicago beach.

http://retrieverman.net/2009/05/19/the-strangest-shark-story-ever/
 
2013-08-22 10:50:18 AM  

jakomo002: machodonkeywrestler: Well, testosteron fueled might be "purple prose" but they do have the largest testosterone concentration of any large animal.

They may be, but "testosterone fueled" makes it sound like they're gangbangers roaming the waters causing mayhem.

Although "fish fueled" sounds lame.


Yeah, hence my disclaimer.
 
2013-08-22 10:55:15 AM  
www.riverglassdesigns.com
'Not like going down to the river chasing bluegills and Tommycods.'
 
2013-08-22 11:04:36 AM  

Missicat: biscuitsngravy: Chesapeake Bay seafood house was awesome when I was a kid.


/"Potomac Senior High School Football rules!"

You spelled "Crossland Senior High School" wrong.
/Cavs!


Both of you are wrong how can you mess up Einstein HS?
 
2013-08-22 11:07:23 AM  

This text is now purple: juvandy: PunGent: Is "testosterone-fueled bull sharks" just purple prose, or is there something to that?

Complete BS. In fact, it could very well be the opposite. Female sharks in general give birth in inshore areas where there is more structure to allow offspring to hide from other predators (like bigger sharks). Bull sharks in particular take this to the next level and often give birth upstream in estuaries, even in 100% fresh water. Bull sharks are also known to go FAR upstream in rivers. There are records in the Mississippi up to Illinois/St. Louis, and there are also records, if not established populations, in the Zambezi River in Africa, the Ganges River, the Amazon, Lake Nicaragua, the Brisbane River and Lake Macquarie in Australia, etc. Bull sharks are also thought to be responsible for strings of inshore attacks in New Jersey in the early 1900s.

Bottom line- bull sharks enter freshwater all the time, to forage, give birth, etc. Testosterone probably has little to do with it.

Farther than that. Sharks have been documented in Minnesota, and there was a report in 1955 of an attack in Lake Michigan, off a Chicago beach.

http://retrieverman.net/2009/05/19/the-strangest-shark-story-ever/


You think THAT'S far?  Well, I once found one in the middle of Canada living in a shoebox in the middle of the road.
 
2013-08-22 11:13:21 AM  

jakomo002: juvandy: Bottom line- bull sharks enter freshwater all the time, to forage, give birth, etc. Testosterone probably has little to do with it.

Agreed but usually south or equatorial.  The Potomac ain't Brisbane.


Possibly the result of global warming; blame Obama.
 
2013-08-22 11:27:14 AM  

MelGoesOnTour


You think THAT'S far? Well, I once found one in the middle of Canada living in a shoebox in the middle of the road.


You try to tell the young people of today that, and they won't believe you.
 
2013-08-22 11:32:24 AM  
They're nasty and wrinkled.
 
2013-08-22 11:43:14 AM  
Now I know where to take my kids for swimming.  I just took out life insurance policies on all of them, you know?
 
2013-08-22 11:44:00 AM  

juvandy: . Bull sharks are also thought to be responsible for strings of inshore attacks in New Jersey in the early 1900s.


They Dredged Matawan Creek at the attack sites a few years ago, and found juvenile Great White teeth. Not saying it wasn't a bull shark, but hey...
 
2013-08-22 11:48:49 AM  
That's one helluva slideshow for two poor dead sharks.  (Surprised they didn't take a picture of everybodys car/truck while they were at it)
 
2013-08-22 11:49:26 AM  

Missicat: biscuitsngravy: Chesapeake Bay seafood house was awesome when I was a kid.


/"Potomac Senior High School Football rules!"

You spelled "Crossland Senior High School" wrong.
/Cavs!


You spelled "Eleanor Roosevelt High School" wrong

/Raiders!
 
2013-08-22 11:53:11 AM  

Missicat: biscuitsngravy: Chesapeake Bay seafood house was awesome when I was a kid.


/"Potomac Senior High School Football rules!"

You spelled "Crossland Senior High School" wrong.
/Cavs!


That's funny, I always spelled it Stafford SHS.
/Injuns!

I staggered up the dock to Captain Drink's many a weekend.
 
2013-08-22 11:53:45 AM  
I like to occasionally eat sand sharks.

/ poor man's tuna
// just gotta gut em quick, while they're alive so they don't piss themselves
/// tin foil boat with butter and seasonings = mmmmmm
 
2013-08-22 11:55:39 AM  
Bull sharks have been found as far north as in the deep end of my pool. Scientist think that they swam up the Ohio River and got caught up in a sharknado.

I won't go in there at night.
 
2013-08-22 11:58:50 AM  

Boxingoutsider: Missicat: biscuitsngravy: Chesapeake Bay seafood house was awesome when I was a kid.


/"Potomac Senior High School Football rules!"

You spelled "Crossland Senior High School" wrong.
/Cavs!

You spelled "Eleanor Roosevelt High School" wrong

/Raiders!


Eleanor Roosevelt?  You one of them there smart kids?
 
2013-08-22 11:59:43 AM  

groppet: Missicat: biscuitsngravy: Chesapeake Bay seafood house was awesome when I was a kid.


/"Potomac Senior High School Football rules!"

You spelled "Crossland Senior High School" wrong.
/Cavs!

Both of you are wrong how can you mess up Einstein HS?


Montgomery Co school? pfffft!
 
2013-08-22 12:05:27 PM  
I don't see how this shiat still make the news if it's well know they can swim all the way up to Illinois
 
2013-08-22 12:11:51 PM  
Sharks going to Congress?  More like clown fish, amirite?
 
2013-08-22 12:37:33 PM  

fappomatic: Not unusual for this to happen. It's brackish water.

Years ago, my father caught a sand shark near Westmoreland State Park which is well upriver from the bay. Two weeks ago, a Manatee was filmed in the Appomattox River here in Va. and dlphins have been observed well into the Chesapeake Bay.

I'm not going to worry until my beagle delivers a litter of kittens.


The Potomac is considered brackish downstream of Indian Head, MD and the Occuquan River. Only about 30 miles south of DC.

There should be sharks in most of it, and bulls all the way up to the Fall Line.
 
2013-08-22 12:57:17 PM  

chewielouie: Hmmmm, I have friends doing the Nations Triathlon next month. I wonder if I should post the link on Facebook.


Several swimmers drown each year on the Potomac, it has some nasty and unexpected currents.  Wouldn't be surprised if signs warning "danger: one shark might possibly have been here" would work better than "9 swimmers have drowned this year on this very spot.  Humans are illogical.

I'd do it (post on Facebook).  Although any swimmer that even thinks about trying to swim faster to get ahead of more tasty, tasty, swimmers is likely going to regret it during the run.
 
2013-08-22 01:17:40 PM  

Spade: fappomatic: Not unusual for this to happen. It's brackish water.

Years ago, my father caught a sand shark near Westmoreland State Park which is well upriver from the bay. Two weeks ago, a Manatee was filmed in the Appomattox River here in Va. and dlphins have been observed well into the Chesapeake Bay.

I'm not going to worry until my beagle delivers a litter of kittens.

The Potomac is considered brackish downstream of Indian Head, MD and the Occuquan River. Only about 30 miles south of DC.

There should be sharks in most of it, and bulls all the way up to the Fall Line.


From what I understand, bulls are everywhere. If you're into that sort of th....not that there's anything wrong with it.
 
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