Boater claims he found shark in West Bay
TRAVERSE CITY -- A large orange fishing bobber drifted across West Grand Traverse Bay, and Rich Fasi decided to scoop it up before the attached line tangled in someone's motor.
Fasi was out for a cruise on his boat Wednesday evening, and noticed something suspended below the baseball-sized bobber as he approached. He thought someone had set up a unique salmon rig, but a shock awaited him as he pulled in the line.
"I could see a fish down there about three feet down, but the last thing I expected was a shark on the end," Fasi said.
There aren't any witnesses, but Fasi, of Traverse City, said he pulled the roughly 2-foot shark from the bay about 100 yards west of Clinch Park Marina at about 5 p.m. He found the shark in about 25 feet of water, he said. It was dead, but wasn't frozen.
"I could wiggle its tail, pry open its mouth, look at its teeth," he said. "It didn't look like it had any decomposition."
Fasi threw the fish in his freezer and called the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Cadillac-based DNR fisheries biologist Mark Tonello said the incident likely is a "big fat hoax."
I am not buying this one bit. This is up there with the bigfoot hoax. There are sharks in the Mississippi River, big ones too. There have been bull sharks reports as far North as Illinois, but not black tip reef sharks. There was once a report of a shark attack in Lake Michigan in 1955, but I have found no evidence of this. No way, another scum bag hoaxer.