Reporter's Notebook: Sharks in Lake Superior?
To understand what the hell jumped from the water, we called up John Lindgren, a fisheries specialist at the DNR office in Duluth.
Good news: Lake Superior is shark free.
Bad news: there are fish in it that can scare the hell out of you.
"They're called Porpoising Sturgeon," says Lindgren. "And they usually leap in July and August."
According to Lindgren, such fish were placed into the bay and lake in the late '70s. And it took a steady improvement in water quality to get where they are today. (That is, jumping out of the water like dolphins.) Some of the sturgeon are now 25-years-old and around 50 to 55 inches, about the size of a female gymnast. And they're an ancient fish and pretty much all cartilage. Just like a shark.
But at least they don't really bite.
"They suck," says Lindgren and adds. "And maybe they'll suck your toe off."
Guess it's better than lake monsters with a periscope eye, tentacles and fangs...