My family was camping on an island in the Willamette River over the 4th of July weekend this year. We had gone back to the boat ramp to pick up some people mid afternoon on the 4th of July.
We were returning from the St. Johns boat ramp. As we made our way up the river...we were aware of a very strong odor. As we made our way from the Columia river into the Willamette River....we found the source of the awful smell. At first we did not believe our eyes. We moved the boat closer to get a better look. We weren't sure.....but we thought it was a shark. We had seen other boaters go past...but we did not see anyone else stop. We pulled along side and tried to get a few pictures. Seeing it up close...we knew....SHARK!! We did not swim much after that.
We are very curious to hear some opinions on how the shark happened to be this far up river in fresh water. This certainly coincides with shark week. Just did not know it was here in Portland!!