Earlier this morning a shark was photographed swimming in Lake Superior near McCarty’s Cove in Marquette.
Larry Beckwith contacted Yooper Steez to give us an exclusive first look at the photos he captured.
I was at McCarty’s Cove early this morning to get some photos of the dawn sunlight on the Marquette Lighthouse. It was about 9 a.m. when I headed back to my truck–I noticed something sticking out of the water out there. I grabbed my big lens. I immediately knew I was looking at a shark! It swam off real quick. – Larry Beckwith
After the sighting, Beckwith called his friend John Steele who works at the power plant. “We’re gonna take our sonar equipment up there right away,” Steele said. “We’ll try to track it while we can.”
A quick search on Twitter showed that others had been seeing something fishy in the area recently as well.
#upperpeninsula ice is breaking away- we're getting PMs about a massive fish near #blackrocks in #marquette??? #shark? really??— U.P. Overland (@UPOverland) March 30, 2013
I just heard there is a shark swimming near Picnic Rocks. Or at least something grey with a fin that looks just like a shark. Seriously?!?— Christina Hordos (@upchristina) March 31, 2013
Did anyone see/hear anything about a large fish creature spotted in Lake Superior near Lil' Presque? Trying to get some more info!— Dave Sarazin (@DaverCadaver) March 31, 2013
@yater04 and that shark in Lake Superior lol.— Emma Hayward (@emma_winter77) March 30, 2013
We're hearing reports from guys fishing near the upper harbor warm water discharge (here in Marquette) of seeing a shark in Lake Superior.— Elegant Seagulls (@elegantseagulls) April 1, 2013
Though extremely rare, sharks have been spotted in fresh water areas before. As we know, Lake Superior is very cold especially this time of year. Tom Martineau, a retired DNR marine biologist, suggests that if a shark was near the water outlet from the power plant it might be able to survive due to the warm water discharge from the plant. We contacted the spokeswoman at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources office in Marquette, but she declined to comment.
If you have tips, more information, or have spotted the shark yourself, please contact us today. Stay tuned to Yooper Steez for further developments and please check back tomorrow for a more in depth report. For updates throughout the day check out our Twitter and Facebook Page.