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Shark found in Florida pond

Onlookers React to Shark in Florida Pond: 'It Sounds Like a Sci-Fi Movie'

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Wildlife workers are trying to catch a shark in Brevard County, Florida; however, it's not in the ocean but in a park pond.

"It's not often you hear about a shark at a park. I mean, it sounds like a sci-fi movie," said local resident Billy McDonald. According to trapper James Dean, he believes someone dumped the 4-foot bull shark into the pond at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach.

The animal is believed to have been there for a month.

"The shark doesn't belong in this type of water, and we truly believe that somebody did release it in here," said Dean. He said it's not fair to the shark because it can't get out unless someone catches it, and that is what he plans to do.

On Monday, Dean attempted to catch the shark using chum and mullet but reeled in nine turtles."I've never dealt with something like this," Dean said. "It will be difficult and time consuming. We want to get it out of here."

Indian Harbour Beach City Manager Mark Ryan said the overflow pipes connecting the pond to the river are grated to keep gators out, so it's unlikely a shark got there on its own. Dean said the sea predators can adapt from salt water to fresh water but it is unique for it to do that.

"It is not a public safety issue as long as the media is putting it out there and people keep their children, their dogs away from the water," Dean said. "This shark is not going to jump out of the water like an alligator does."

Dean said he is not sure how long it will take to catch the animal, but once he does, he will drive it to the Indian River and release it. He was unable to catch the shark Tuesday but said he planned to be back on Wednesday morning.

Residents have nicknamed the elusive shark "Sushi."

Other rare sea finds have been in the news lately:
Migaloo the rare white humpback whale spotted
Fisherman Steve Clark has close encounter with great white shark off coast of Cape May, New Jersey (Video)

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mnbkny June 25 2014 at 4:14 PM

How did it get in the pond? Sharknado, obviously.

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Patricia,,,,, June 25 2014 at 7:22 PM

I hope they save it.....It's not his fault some idiot put him there

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steve June 25 2014 at 5:02 PM

kill it. kill it now

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Kate steve June 25 2014 at 8:00 PM

What on earth is your problem? It's a baby, it may be of a threatened or endangered species, and it isn't hurting anybody.

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Don Paeglow June 25 2014 at 9:24 PM

Don't know why all the upset about finding a "Bull Shark" in fresh water. Its common for this breed of shark to venture into fresh water rivers. Officials should check to see if any culverts are accessible to rivers flowing to salt water bays in the area.
That would be the primary source of entry to the fresh water lake.

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IBruzEZ Don Paeglow June 26 2014 at 7:20 AM

No, the most likely is an idiot who had it and released it, just like all those snakes being released in Florida and now causing such a problem because there are no preditors for them. People are the dangerous animals!!

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happy2bgridfree June 25 2014 at 4:24 PM

The shark might thin out the gators and snakes in and around the pond. I feel sorry for the poor turtles, though.

Isn't the pond fresh water? How is the shark surviving? And I'm pretty sure the "Indian River" is actually a bay.

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James Zucco June 25 2014 at 4:26 PM


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Kate June 25 2014 at 7:58 PM

That is so cruel. Whoever dumped it there no doubt thought it would be a great prank, but the poor thing is going to die if it isn't caught soon. I wish the wildlife guy the best of luck.

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Velocity105 June 25 2014 at 9:00 PM

The shark was trying to escape japanese and chinese trawlers.

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Mike June 25 2014 at 10:16 PM

hope they catch and release him Real jerk who dumped the animal

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