Two 8-foot long bull sharks weighing about 220 pounds each were found in fishermen's nets not far from Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary's County.
WASHINGTON – What started out as a routine trip to measure fish caught in pound nets turned out to be a shark event for several Southern Maryland watermen.
John “Willy” Dean, his son Greg Dean and Rich Richie, along with a Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist, found two male bull sharks that weighed about 220 pounds each in nets off Cornfield Harbor, not far from Point Lookout State Park Monday.
“There was three of us on the boat the first go round with the shark and we knew just like that we had a shark,” Richie tells WTOP.
Experts say bull sharks are considered aggressive, but National Geographic says people are not on their menus, but can inadvertently get attacked.
The fishermen found the 8-foot bull sharks about 200 yards from where people were swimming.
“The second shark, he was pretty lively, he was a lot more lively than the first one was and we had a pretty big battle with him, getting him in the boat,” said Ritchie.