Bull sharks mate in the ocean, Gilmore said, and the females come into the lagoon each spring to give birth. But the Museum’s Florida Program for Shark Research director, George Burgess, is trying to change this. I find it hard to believe any other type of shark is in the river mainly becuase the salinity of the water is to low. The mother bull sharks give birth in the mouth of the rivers and the shark pups head inland to the lakes. While bull shark nursery areas in the Gulf of Mexico have been studied, Atlantic nurseries are comparatively understudied. The Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources Master Site File indicates there are scores of historical sites adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves (IRLAP) System. They've been seen as far inland as Lake Okeechobee, and they get into the headwaters of all our rivers: the St. Lucie, the St. Sebastian, the Loxahatchee.". The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves provide a variety of volunteer opportunities from projects in ecosystem science, restoration and spoil island activities. Curtis’ study showed the Indian River Lagoon is a bull shark nursery. In India, the bull shark may be confused with the Sundarbans or Ganges shark.In Africa, it is also commonly called the Zambezi River shark, or just "zambi".. Its wide range and diverse habitats result in many other local names, including Ganges River shark, Fitzroy Creek whaler, van … One, the rocks make it dang near impossible to fish from the beach. Learn more about these and other local shark species here. The Atlantic sharpnose is a year-round resident of the South Carolina and Florida coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. kicked up one that had to go 5 foot, right in front of the boat. They seem to prefer brackish water, but have been known to swim far upstream freshwater rivers. then to add … Seen quite a few in the Indian River this spring. Additional funding for the ray study was provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Boat ramps at Kiwanis Island Park, Kelly Park, Cocoa Beach Recreational Complex, Banana River Park and Port End Park give access to the lagoon to boaters and kayakers alike. There are plenty off the beach. Virginia Institute of Marine Science © 2020 www.tcpalm.com. Smooth Dogfish. Climate change is allowing bull sharks to move north; but don't worry, says a local shark expert, they won't be leaving the Indian River Lagoon. "Actually, they may not stay just in the lagoon," he said. Chesapeake Bay is one of its most important nursery grounds in the western Atlantic. Like bull sharks, rays in the Indian River Lagoon have been the focus of Florida Museum tagging and tracking studies in 2006 and 2007 to better understand their life cycles and how they use the lagoon’s habitat. I posted a thread a year ago about the biggest one he has ever caught. My brother-n-law catches big bull sharks in the river up in New Smyrna. I'm not too up to date on the Bulls but there are a ton of blacktip in the rivers. The pups will stay in the lagoon from 5 to 7 years, Gilmore said. East Central General Fishing & The Outdoors, http://forums.floridasportsman.com/image.php?u=276&type=sigpic&dateline=1307410685[/SIGPIC]. They are facing a critically endangered status since river sharks are so poorly studied, and people know very little about their population and life history. One of the primary threats to River Sharks is habitat degradation which includes: human development, pollution, and fishing. All rights reserved. I'm not familiar with where either of those two are - long point park or St sebastion north prong. Because cownose and eagle rays are pelagic, meaning they swim in the water column, and bluntnose and butterfly rays are benthic, meaning they dwell on the lagoon bottom, the movements of these species can be compared and researchers can learn how the rays share resources in the lagoon. All Rights Reserved ©. He's caught a few 400lb+, and catches 200lbers regularly. It's a live birth; each of the pups will be from 15 to 18 inches long.". I use 3 foot of wire to a 7/0 circle hook and then another 8" of wire to a treble for a stinger. There aren’t any great white sharks, as claimed by a 9-year-old expert on Wiki-answers. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Your JavaScript is turned off limiting this website’s functionality, "Although located in an urban area, the Banana River Aquatic Preserve offers many opportunities to view and experience the estuarine resources of the Indian River Lagoon system. I was dropping chunks of mullet by the side of the boat and watching several nice sized ones fight over it. Spend more time hooked on a rock than fishing. At least for me, anyway. we go up in there with lady fish and jacks and kill them. A common to abundant seasonal visitor in summer and fall to lower Chesapeake Bay. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons! Boat ramps at Kiwanis Island Park, Kelly Park, Cocoa Beach Recreational Complex, Banana River Park and Port End Park give access to the lagoon to boaters and kayakers alike. It looks like you're new here. just got to get by the pelicans. I know they're out there. “Exploring their use of these areas will provide us with important habitat information that may support protection of the lagoon environment from further development, which is key to the survival of the critters that inhabit the Indian River Lagoon,” Romine … Wanted to avoid dunking my gear and son as much as possible. On spoil islands, volunteers take a hand in improving visitor access through activities such as invasive plant removal or installing picnic tables, fire rings or human waste bag dispensers. Bull sharks have a reputation for being aggressive, if not downright mean. The surface water area of the aquatic preserve is approximately 30,000 acres. For other opportunities to help preserve the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding Aquatic Preserves, consider joining the Friends of the Spoil Islands. After some research, we came up with a list of aquatic animals that we had no idea live in Egypt’s sacred river. To learn more about Leave No Trace in the Indian River Lagoon contact Emily Dark at Emily.Dark@dep.state.fl.us or 772-429-2995. "Global warming means there's more warm water for them to expand, not just their range, but their population.". ", More: Treasure Coast Shark Attack Database. Historical sites include architectural, military, social, transportation, commerce and conservation sites. The Shoreline Restoration Project enables volunteers to get involved in shoreline stabilization through native plantings. Find a flat next to a good drop-off or along a channel edge and let it out. In addition, Patrick Air Force Base lies along the Banana River Lagoon between Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach. Speed: Usually swim about 5 mph but can reach 12 mph. We get many blacktips and bulls in the river this way. For some fun before my son ships off in the Army (he joined and will be leaving July 14), can anyone provide some fairly easily accessible (i.e. There could be the risk that if you hook up a large female she could lose her pups in the process of trying to fight for her life. This provides researchers a seasonal picture of how rays use the lagoon, and helps pinpoint when the animals move in and out of the lagoon. It's a very good possibility. The name "bull shark" comes from the shark's stocky shape, broad, flat snout, and aggressive, unpredictable behavior. "Previously, the northernmost nursery for bull sharks ... had been Florida’s Indian River Lagoon," the story states. “So the importance of those discharge areas is pretty marked.”. After giving birth, the mama shark goes back into the ocean. Look on google earth...north of Seb inlet about a mile....there is a campgrount...That is long point park. then to add more fun for the ones we are going to eat break out the bow!!! Learn more about the Ichthyology Collection at the Florida Museum. Anybody else caught them in the rivers? I see some people are really bored today.... there are "Sharks" in the Banana River and at times some monsters .... Use a live ladyfish or blue fish with wire leader. Known to form schools and often makes vertical spinning leaps through schools of fish and out of the water. The northern Banana River has been the most important spring habitat (300-500 individuals/survey day) for the east coast population of manatees, and large numbers of manatees use the Banana River almost year-round. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons! "They can roam around. More: Kite surfer dies from shark attack near Stuart Beach. Some content on this site is saved in an alternative format. Boat ramps at Kiwanis Island Park, Kelly Park, Cocoa Beach Recreational Complex, Banana River Park and Port End Park give access to the lagoon to boaters and kayakers alike. "They give birth to anywhere from 10 to 18 pups. Although Curtis’ graduate work has ended, other Florida Museum researchers are resuming bull shark tagging and tracking studies to collect data on bull shark life cycles in the Indian River Lagoon. There are no state parks adjacent to Banana River Aquatic Preserve or nearby, but Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary, operated by Brevard County, offers excellent bird-watching opportunities. "The bull sharks are simply expanding their range," said Grant Gilmore, senior scientist for Estuarine, Coastal and Ocean Science in Vero Beach. These areas had the highest catch rates and represented important areas for birthing, foraging and providing refuge. The aquatic preserve is accessible from the east by U.S. Highway A1A and from the west by State Road 3. to 1700 A.D. and include Spanish Fleet Survivors and Salvors Camp, Jungle Trail and Mount Elizabeth. Anybody else caught them in the rivers? For more information, please contact our office at IRLAP@dep.state.fl.us or call 772-429-2995. Most impressively, a bull shark was recorded 2,162 miles from the Atlantic in a Peruvian river, and in another instance a bull shark swam 1,740 miles up the Mississippi River and was recorded near Alton, Ill. The most common large shark of the Virginia region. If you don't get one to hit in 15 minutes move. Once in the lakes, these sharks are safe from any and all large predators, and they live it easy until it’s time for them to return to the sea. The species have been recorded there in abundance, but not enough is known about where they breed and give birth, whether they migrate seasonally and to where, what their environmental preferences are and how they use habitat or form home ranges.