Lake Michigan is home to a wide variety of marine life, but sharks are not a part of the menagerie — or are they? A recent video captured by a tourist on a Lake Michigan beach raises some questions.
Carlin Hastings was visiting Milwaukie for the holidays when she recorded the below video, according to UPI. She was on McKinley Beach when she spotted something in the water that looked like a shark.
You can see from the video that the fish does have the quintessential shark dorsal fin that rises above the water. Hastings said everyone she showed the video to agreed the animal looked like a shark.
WISN News reached out to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to get an expert opinion on the matter, but their representative could not definitively conclude what the animal was because the video is fuzzy and there is nothing else in the footage to serve as a size reference. The representative did say the animal could have been a large sturgeon or salmon.
Could a shark technically live in Lake Michigan?
It's highly unlikely there would actually be a shark swimming around in Lake Michigan. For starters, the Great Lakes are freshwater lakes, but sharks live in saltwater. On top of that, Lake Michigan is about 2,000 miles from the nearest ocean. If that is, indeed, a shark in that video, how the heck did it get there?
It seems there are two possibilities:
Either a shark decided to swim 2,000 miles to live in an inhospitable environment, or "Sharknado" became a reality, and it dumped a shark in Lake Michigan.
When you consider that these are the only options, you have to conclude it's much more likely that this is just a large freshwater fish that resembles a shark from far away.