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
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.