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What? Sharks in the Potomac....

I have been trying very hard to get my children more engaged into sailing and their best time is when they go swimming of the sailboat. They saw on the news some how (we avoid the local news when the kids around... too much violence) about the brain-eating amebas but I explained to them that most likely they would not be in the bay or where we swim... via swimming pool. And now I see that just a few miles away, they caught two 8' Bull sharks at Lookout Point, again, within that last few years.

My daughter was afraid of sharks and now... knowing that they are in the waters around her, she may never go swimming in the Chesapeake Bay.
One step forward, two steps back. Also I think my wife is getting a little nervous. When we grew up in Upstate New York and sailed on Lake Ontario, you didn't have to worry about sharks or amebas. But then again, the water was always very cold, even in the middle of summer.


2 bull sharks caught in Potomac River - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG
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Re: What? Sharks in the Potomac....

Yep.
Just one reason I don't like to swim in the bay area.
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What? Sharks in the Potomac....

I'll take my chances. It's more likely that I'll be killed driving home from the boat.

We swim in that area a lot
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Re: What? Sharks in the Potomac....

Bull sharks are a common occurrence in fresh/brackish waters connected to the ocean. You also have the snake head fish down that way which should be another concern.
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Re: What? Sharks in the Potomac....

Snakeheads are damaging the ecology, but they aren't hostile to humans as far as I know.

The Chesapeake Bay has long been known to be a shark and ray nursery. This isn't new at all. Yes, two sharks in the net is sensational, and yes, bull sharks are more aggressive towards humans than other sub-species of sharks, but it's still pretty unlikely that you'll be attacked by one.
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Re: What? Sharks in the Potomac....

Catching a fish and being attacked by one are two very different things. I'd be more concerned about water quality (regardless of where you are) than the likelihood of being bitten. I've snorkeled in areas with many blacktip and nurse sharks, been SCUBA diving in the ocean many times, and regularly swim in the surf and body-deep water along the coast. There are sharks there all the time. How many people actually get bitten?
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Re: What? Sharks in the Potomac....

I will never forget the first time I went skinny dipping when anchored alone on Pamlico sound. As soon as I got out of the water I saw a couple of bull sharks swimming around. I almost peed all over myself.
I still swim in Pamlico sound, but I wear shorts.
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Re: What? Sharks in the Potomac....

I'm not worried about it. I do avoid cleaning the bottom in the late afternoon/early evening if possible, and try not to do it alone. Other than that, infection from nasty stuff in the water is more of a concern.
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I'm not worried about it. I do avoid cleaning the bottom in the late afternoon/early evening if possible, and try not to do it alone. Other than that, infection from nasty stuff in the water is more of a concern.
Is that prime feeding time?
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Re: What? Sharks in the Potomac....

I watch River Monsters

The odds are small for being attacked but the reality is once you enter the water, you've just become part of the food chain.
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