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Salmon Shark Discovered on Shore of Idaho River Likely a Practical Joke

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Salmon Shark Discovered on Shore of Idaho River Likely a Practical Joke

Posted 2023-08-28  by  Stephanie Mallory

The IDFG reminded concerned citizens that only bull sharks can live in freshwater

A shark that was found on the banks of an Idaho River was likely left there as a prank according to Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG).

The department began getting several calls on August 15 claiming a shark had washed up on the shores of the Salmon River near Riggins.

The department sent out officers who located a salmon shark on the beach. For those who are worried that there are salmon sharks threatening the salmon population in the river, the department said don’t be.

Clearwater Region fisheries manager Jo Dupont wrote in a post on the department’s website, “Well… seeing no sharks have been observed swimming up our fish ladders lately, and the only known shark that can live in freshwater is the bull shark, I think it is safe to assume that somebody dropped this on the shore for a good laugh. I certainly have laughed about it. This would have been a great April Fools’ joke.

So, if you were one of those people who saw this fish on the shore or maybe somebody shared the photos with you, rest assured, there are no sharks swimming around in Idaho.

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