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Not sure of what we were seeing- but could smell it

Shark! In the Willamette river!!

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!!

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Anonymous says ... on Monday, May 16 at 8:30 AM

Bull sharks are able to adapt easily to fresh water and a few other fish but that looks like a bloated white sturgen! Not albino!

Rob says ... on Thursday, Oct 1 at 7:20 PM

Sturgeon 100% bummer

Blake says ... on Thursday, Jul 23 at 12:39 AM

It's a sturgeon. And it's dead because there have been over 80 found dead associated with the Columbia. Most of them have been found in the last 2 weeks. The ODFW has now closed fishing for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and trout on the Columbia.

sam says ... on Monday, Jan 20 at 7:25 PM

First off a bull shark is not a great white shark.. that alone shows how stupid people are.. the pic looks like a big bloated sturgeon. .

CP says ... on Thursday, Aug 8 at 4:45 AM

That is 100% a sturgeon. They grow quite large in the Columbia. I've heard of specimens over 10 feet in length. However, they are harmless to people. There is one species of shark with the ability to live in fresh water, the bull shark.

candy says ... on Monday, Jun 24 at 7:08 PM

No wonder you don't now how to write Anonymous.

Ron says ... on Thursday, Jun 13 at 4:12 AM

Well I do know that Orca's have been in the Columbia river, more than one time .

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Apr 29 at 4:36 AM

God some people are so stupid it's a sturgeon not a shark

ty says ... on Tuesday, Mar 5 at 12:25 AM

Bull sharks are very quick to adapt to any type of envorment... in 1906 a great wite killed a boy swimming in the missipi river thats the attack that inspired jaws yes that is a stergon but bulls can swim in fresh water if a great wite can a bull can

scott krupp says ... on Tuesday, Oct 30 at 4:11 PM

Thats a sturgeon guys, just sayin

a person says ... on Thursday, Aug 16 at 4:42 PM

That is a sturgeon sharks fins dont look like that.

Marissa says ... on Monday, Jul 30 at 8:44 PM

It probably was a shark, stergeon and bull sharks are two different looking fish.

River runner says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 9:24 PM

And yes bull sharks have been spotted in the Columbia around Portland in the past. Swim well my friend.

River runner says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 9:22 PM

That is obviously not a shark, but Bull Sharks do have the ability to survive very well in fresh water. They have been spotted well up the Mississippi. The same spices is known as the Zambisi shark in the southern hemisphere.

Bob says ... on Monday, Dec 13 at 4:37 AM

sharks have been found 2600 miles up the amazon river. Many sharks migrate from the sea to live the rest of their lives in fresh water. So there could have been a shark there. Are you sure that aint a white shark?

Ridgefield 5 says ... on Thursday, Oct 30 at 1:40 PM

Thats a sturgeon, not a shark.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Oct 27 at 5:33 AM

i think that the schhols around here suck because i did not know that there was a such thing as fresh watter shark!!

fe324saaasdfa says ... on Thursday, Sep 18 at 10:22 PM

Ok thats a sturgeon though not a shark.

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george13090 says ... on Friday, Aug 8 at 10:37 AM

I've seen many Sturgeon while scuba diving in fresh water, they do look like a shark. Notice no teeth, and the round fins. Thats one big Sturgeon though, they don't grow as big back here in the east. George Adams of Syracuse N.Y.

debbh says ... on Saturday, Aug 2 at 9:17 PM

I am bummed!! We all thought it was a shark....but, I guess I never saw a sturgeon from the bottom before. Oh well...I guess that explains it all.

Jim says ... on Friday, Aug 1 at 10:52 PM

How many people will this "shark " story catch ? Many are hook , line and sinker !

Laci says ... on Friday, Aug 1 at 7:26 PM

It is to a shark!!!

den says ... on Friday, Aug 1 at 1:43 PM

That's not a shark. It's a "Sturgeon". A freash water fish found in most large rivers and lakes. It is a bottem dweller like a catfish. A sturgeon is where we get "Caviar" from in most cases. I have cought many of them in the Mississippi river.

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