Breaking News: Shark Photographed in Lake Superior

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.

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.


Shark in Lake Superior
Shark Photographed in Lake Superior