Potomac River shark video: Man catches eight-foot bull shark off Point Lookout State Park
One Potomac River fisherman has the pictures to prove his incredible story: catching an eight-foot shark.
Willy Dean reeled in the eight-foot, 300-pound bull shark on Tuesday near Point Lookout State Park in Southern Maryland.
Dean spends most days on a boat in Southern Maryland. But after more than thirty years of commercial fishing, this was a first.
Dean and several other men wrestled this eight-foot, one-inch long bull shark out of their large pound-nets Wednesday and into a 22-foot skiff.
"I seen his dorsal fin down there and I said, 'It's big. I don't know what it is, or what kind, but it's big," Dean said.
Bull sharks aren't bothered by fresh water, and can travel far inland. They swim in shallow water. Dean's catch was only about half a mile from shore.
"I was like, 'Oh my gosh!' said Christy Henderson, the owner of Buzz's Marina, who provided the pictures. "My granddaughter was just swimming there two weeks ago."
"It's one of the four most aggressive sharks on the East Coast," Dean said. "This is the one that attacks people."
What's even more remarkable, a slightly larger bull shark, was caught about five miles north of Point Lookout State Park on the same day.
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