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Old 07-16-2017, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Bull Shark in Brickell Bay (Miami) ?

Hi guys,

I went out Saturday around noon for a Boat day with my family. We went first to have some Wakeboarding in a usual site for wakeboarders and water sporters in a small bay close to Brickell Bay (Miami downtown). This bay is in between the Rickenbacker Causeway and the Brickell area. It is around 6ft to 8ft depth all around and water temperature showed in my Garmin as 86F. The bottom is full of sea weed.

My wife was getting ready for her first drive. She was in the water some 40 ft off my stern and all of a sudden I was able to spot what looked like a Shark's fin some 15 to 20 ft to her right and swimming away from her. I didn't tell her anything, as I wanted to bring her into the boat as fast as possible. My heart was pounding and I was in disbelief of what I just saw and wanting it to be a dolphin as they are usual visitors around Biscayne bay, but the fin and straight swim surfacing the water and the fin's shape was clearly a shark. I told her to hold tight to the rope as I pulled her in as fast as I could without telling her why I was doing it. When she was next to the boat and she was arguing why I was doing this and the fact she wanted to wakeboard I had no choice to tell her "I just so a fin". She was like "you are sh****g me". Those few more seconds getting her out took forever. I was pale and prayed we where fine as my oldest kid(14) had been in those waters for 30 minutes at least.

My question to you forum friends, is what kind of shark may show up in this location (N25 45.216 W80 11.659 ? I am not a shark expert and I hope it was more of a nurse shark, but how the fin surfaced is not the common side to side swim of a nurse shark and I can only think that any other shark in this area would have to be a BULL shark which are super aggressive and responsible for the most attacks in humans (I think) in Florida. I will stay off from this place for swimming or water sports forever.

Trust me, I freaked out to see my loveliest wife so close to harms way.

Thanks for any feedback you can have on the possible species in this particular area.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:15 PM   #2
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Plenty of bulls there. Most likely a bull or Lemmon. Was lobster snooping one night not to far off and had a bull size of inflatable in 3 feet of water come right to my light.
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Bull sharks have been caught in Lake Okeechobee.
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Bull, lemon, nurse. All possible at that location.
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The only way to really stay safe from bull sharks is to go to a swimming pool. I wouldn't let that ruin your future fun there. That shark knew your wife was 20 ft away, and it chose to swim away.


Just to get this out the way, we need pics of said wife.
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They are all over. No big deal 99.9999% of the time. The risk is worth it not to be in a pool or in front of a TV.

Honestly, in Biscayne Bay I'd be vastly more worried about the idiots driving other boats.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:38 PM   #7
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They seem to catch a few a year in the fish traps on the potomac river. They seem to be everywhere.
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They seem to catch a few a year in the fish traps on the potomac river. They seem to be everywhere.
Bulls are 1 of very few sharks that can transit between salt,brackish and fresh water in the same day.

Unless the water is cloudy and or bait fish around I wouldn't worry about sharks. I was diving off Islamorada one day and saw a bull following a grouper around. It had no interest in us at all. Managed to get 1 picture of it. The grouper on the other hand.....
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Bull sharks have been caught in Lake Okeechobee.
..and Alton IL.
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Bulls are 1 of very few sharks that can transit between salt,brackish and fresh water in the same day.

Unless the water is cloudy and or bait fish around I wouldn't worry about sharks. I was diving off Islamorada one day and saw a bull following a grouper around. It had no interest in us at all. Managed to get 1 picture of it. The grouper on the other hand.....
The water in this spot is not very clear. A bit murky. Hard to see beyond 4 ft or 6 ft.
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..and Alton IL.
I think that isn't true.
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I think that isn't true.
I looked it up. One was reportedly caught in 1937 but now it is thought there are too many dams and locks.
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Stay out of Biscayne Bay and move back to NY, NJ or wherever you originated! We have sharks everywhere in FL; and crocodiles and alligators and many, many poisonous snakes. It's just not a wildlife friendly place for tourists and transplants.
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To the OP.

I really hope you are kidding.

If you have been in any waters in Florida you have been close to bull sharks, lemons, hammerheads and so on.

Don't worry about the ones you see. Worry about the ones you don't.

Last I checked there are no fences and sharks have fins and tails. They go where they want when they want. Outside of spearfishing you are probably in the most danger knee deep at the beach in the surf break or trying to get lucky at night.

Sharks don't have hands to feel with and in low vis they might just take a sample with their scratch and sniff technique. Good way to lose your little pink thing.
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Hope they take that taste test on an arm or a leg, you'll have a better chance of survival. On the torso you may bleed out
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Most likely a bull or lemon shark. Nurse sharks are most content to rest on the bottom. I wouldn't worry. The last shark attack in the Miami area was at least a few days ago -- but that bull shark preferred the male nudist swimmer off the beach at Haulover.

We see bulls and lemons all over Biscayne Bay all the time. Shark attacks around Miami, however, are very rare.
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OP, I saw a 7' bull shark swim around a guy in that same manner while we were scalloping once. Scared the sht out of me. I think it was curious.
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Don't worry about sharks worry about lice. I watched the fireworks few years ago right there and was swimming in the water when sea lice struck. Rather get bit by shark
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LOL. When people ask me if there are sharks in these waters I tell them "taste the water and if its salty there are sharks in it".
Except for bull sharks they can travel many miles into fresh water.
OP, you have more than likely been a lot closer to sharks and never even knew it.
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Definitely a bullshark in that area. They are extremely aggressive and bite a lot of people. Tell all your friends back home to watch out for sharks and alligators when in Fl. they're every where.
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