The Red River Beast
Does A Unknown Shark Species Live In The Red River of North Dakota?
Update 2012: I have another photo of what has to be a shark in the Red River. Picture was taken again during spring, near downtown Fargo ND. Please see below.
The photo below is of a shark-like fish in the early spring of 2006. According to my research, this should be impossible, but clearly you can see a large fish around 6-8 feet long, with a large dorsal fin and tail fin like that of a shark.
This "River Beast" thrashed about in some shallow water near the submerged bridge, then ventured into deeper water in the middle of the channel.
I would have not believed this were some kind of shark until I was able to find more evidence that a fresh water shark(s) may in fact live and perhaps thrive in the fresh water of the Red River.
My hypothesis is that somehow, a small population of shark either became locked into the Red River in the past, or that this is not a shark at all but a previously unidentified fish. Although I have encountered some large cat fish before, the characteristics of this fish strongly resemble that of a shark.
The Red River of North Dakota stretches from Canada to West Central Minnesota. The Red River is unique in that it flows NORTH, into Lake Winnipeg. Since the first photo was taken in early spring, could this species have gone upstream, or south, to reproduce? I don't know.
Thanks for visiting, make your own conclusions or contact me if you have any hard evidence regarding this "River Beast".
A Snapshot Of A Northern, Fresh Water River Shark
More Evidence of Fresh Wahter Sharks In North Dakota
After the first photo was taken, I decided to start an effort of investigation. If it was indeed a shark, just how could such an animal survive, and just how did it arrive? Were there more? If they were sharks, are they dangerous?
My investigation began by trying to talk to experts. I was laughed at and dismissed immediately.
That was, until I was able to take the next photo about 3 months later. As you can see, this "River Beast" looks very much like a smaller shark, perhaps 3-4 feet in length.
More Evidence of Fresh Water Sharks in North Dakota
This has to be at least an 8 foot shark.
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