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A bull shark was recently found dead in a river in Manchester, Ohio.
The shark was found floating near the shore and seemed to be following groups of bass common in the area because of the abundance of small fish.
This bull shark was only 2 feet long and 9 inches wide, and was hit by a motor boat propeller.
Bull sharks are a territorial shark species, and unlike most shark species, are known to attack people. Bull sharks are also famous for their ability to survive in saltwater and freshwater as well as migration habits.
Since bass are known to be plentiful in this Ohio river, there is reason to believe that this is not the only shark in the area.
According to the fisherman, no other sharks have been seen so far. However, there have been reports of ducks vanishing from the river.
We may have found our culprit(s)!
Even though bull sharks are some of the most dangerous sharks to humans, we must work to protect them even as they move into uncommon areas. They keep our oceans healthy and we must respect that fact.
Bull sharks are a near-threatened species according to the IUCN Red List. Let’s hope the Ohio Department of Natural Resources can find a safe solution for bull sharks that find themselves in freshwater.
Also we have Shrimp?
Other Common Name: Ohio River Shrimp
Family: Palaemonidae, a shrimp family in the order Decapoda (shrimp, crabs, and lobsters)
Description: Freshwater shrimp are similar to crayfish but are easily distinguished from them. First, they are slender and nearly transparent. Shrimp have only the first 2 pairs of legs with pincers, whereas crayfish have pincers on the first 3 pairs of legs (the first pair being the large “lobster” claws). Also, the abdomen (“tail”) of shrimp is flattened from side to side, while that of crayfish is flattened from top to bottom. Of Missouri’s two species of freshwater shrimp, the Ohio shrimp is very much less common. It is translucent pale grayish tan with blackish, brownish, or bluish speckles, and the rostrum atop the head has 9–13 saw-like teeth along the top edge, is rounded outward and has an upcurved, pointed tip.
Similar species: The Mississippi grass shrimp, or glass shrimp (Palaemonetes kadiakensis), is very common. Its rostrum has 6–8 saw-like teeth along the top edge, which is not notably rounded in outline.
Size: Adult length: to about 4 inches (not counting appendages; females much larger than males).