The diverse ecosystem of Idaho’s Salmon River is home to a multitude of species. From various types of trout and steelhead to an array of salmon and bass, along with white sturgeon and northern pike minnow, the river teems with life. However, recently, Idaho Fish and Game posted a photo of a “salmon shark” check out what IDFG has to say below:
“First smallmouth bass, then walleye, and now SALMON SHARKS! When are our salmon and steelhead going to catch a break?
Calls and emails came pouring in claiming a shark was found washed up on the shores of the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. With so many calls coming in, we investigated.
By the look of it, this does appear to be a salmon shark. Salmon sharks can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to almost 1,000 pounds. As indicated by its name, salmon sharks like to feed on salmon. So, should we be concerned with this shocking discovery and its potential impacts on our salmon and steelhead populations?
Well………. seeing no sharks have been observed swimming up our fish ladders lately, and the only known shark that can live in freshwater is the bull shark, we think it is safe to assume that somebody dropped this on the shore for a good laugh. Our Clearwater regional fisheries manager certainly had a good laugh about it. This would have been a great April Fool’s Joke.
So, if you were one of those people who saw this fish on the shore, or maybe somebody shared the photos with you, rest assured, we have no sharks swimming around in Idaho.”
Check out the post from Idaho Fish and Game on Instagram by clicking here.