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The Mysterious Shark Attack in Lake Michigan
Mysterious Universe ^ | June 23, 2018 | Brent Swancer

Posted on 01/15/2020 10:09:20 AM PST by SunkenCiv

According to the 1975 book Man Eating Sharks! by Felix Dennis, on a beautiful, clear summer day in 1955, one beach along the shores of Lake Michigan was packed with people looking to cool off and enjoy the sunny day, and one of these was George Lawson, a boy from Chicago. Lawson was out with many others splashing about and swimming off a boat near the beach when witnesses allegedly saw him pulled underwater, seemingly by something yanking him under and accompanied by the boy's panicked screams. Shockingly, a dorsal fin was reported by several others on the boat as cutting away through the water right after the incident.

One man named John Adler managed to reach the thrashing boy and pull him aboard the boat, where it was found that the victim was entirely missing one of his legs below the knee. Adler would say of his thoughts as Lawson writhed about and the pool of blood spread in front of stunned witnesses, "I just couldn't believe it, but I had to believe what I saw happening right before my eyes!" Lawson was rushed to the hospital, where doctors apparently were quick to recognize the bite wound as having been inflicted by a shark...

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: bullshark; chicago; cryptobiology; felixdennis; georgelawson; godsgravesglyphs; greatlakes; illinois; johnadler; lakemichigan; shark
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To: Lakeshark; derllak

I hadn’t read to the thread end, but you came to mind immediately when I read the article.
Of course, it might have been an angry beaver on a rummpuge.
(Like a rampage, but more aquatic and rum centric.)

61 posted on 01/15/2020 4:38:02 PM PST by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: SunkenCiv

So, have you ever seen Al live, in concert? He does a most excellent show.

62 posted on 01/15/2020 4:48:35 PM PST by OKSooner (Free Beer Tomorrow)
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To: crz

You think youre kidding. Not far north and just to the west is Kenosha, WI. Multiple times alligators have appeared there. Most are small but in the late 1800s a 12 footer appeared. They obviously don’t really belong here. The theory at the time was that since circuses travelled by train and because multiple circuses over wintered in Baraboo then it stood to reason that one of the giants must have somehow jumped off the train. The thing is, the circuses have stopped running through there long ago yet alligators continue to occasionally appear. Just a couple of years ago a deer hunter was out near the swamp and stumbled across a 4 footer. Not a giant but Id still rather not get my foot caught in that.

63 posted on 01/15/2020 6:38:20 PM PST by gnarledmaw (Hive minded liberals worship leaders, sovereign conservatives elect servants.)
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To: Tallguy

Interesting! I have read that the connection between Lake Nicaragua and the sea is a rather shallow waterway and during droughts, is impassable. I imagine that makes it impossible for larger sharks to leave or enter for long periods of time. I’ve also read that a shark fishery developed around the lake due to the sheer numbers of Bulls found within it. As a result, Nicaragua has banned catching the sharks.

64 posted on 01/15/2020 10:03:55 PM PST by Amberdawn (Want To Honor Our Troops? Then Be A Citizen Worth Fighting For.)
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To: Amberdawn

I’ve never been to Nicaragua, but I have been to Honduras and Costa Rica. There are a “rainy” and “dry” seasons down there, so I’m thinking that the rivers do tend to run low. So maybe it’s like the salmon run when the female bulls wait for the rains to make the rivers passable?

65 posted on 01/16/2020 3:14:32 AM PST by Tallguy (Facts be d@mned! The narrative must be protected at all costs!))
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To: Tallguy

Could very well be.

66 posted on 01/16/2020 5:29:06 AM PST by Amberdawn (Want To Honor Our Troops? Then Be A Citizen Worth Fighting For.)
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To: marktwain

>>Maybe it was an Alligator Snapper Turtle...

No. Alligator snappers are very lazy. They sit on the bottom and use their tongues as bait. They also are too small to do much damage.

67 posted on 01/17/2020 12:48:28 PM PST by pabianice
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To: mass55th; Reily; SunkenCiv; piasa; marktwain; All

Land locked Lake Nicaragua has fresh water sharks. Apparently they were trapped there long ago when a large bay was cut off from the sea and gradually evolved to be able to survive in fresh water.

68 posted on 01/17/2020 7:20:21 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Thanks for that bit of info. Never heard it before.

69 posted on 01/17/2020 8:51:04 PM PST by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne)
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To: gleeaikin
Thanks gleeaikin. I was trying to find that "mermaid" that was fished out of some lake in the Alps, and when examined generations later turned out to be a shark.

70 posted on 01/17/2020 10:15:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: gleeaikin

More on freshwater\river sharks

71 posted on 01/18/2020 6:33:18 AM PST by Reily
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