The Largest Bull Shark Known to Science Was Caught in a River in South Africa

Yana Bostongirl

According to Wikipedia, the bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) "also known as "the "Zambezi shark" (informally "zambi") in Africa, and "Lake Nicaragua shark" in Nicaragua, is a requiem shark commonly found worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers. It is known for its aggressive nature, and presence in warm, shallow brackish and freshwater systems including estuaries and rivers."

Even though bull sharks are known to travel far upriver, it still came as a surprise when conservationists hooked a record-breaking Zambezi shark 5.5 km up the Breede River which reports describe as "a large river that comes out near the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas. It is the furthest south a bull shark has been found in Africa."

The massive bull shark was 13 feet long and weighed a whopping 1000 pounds as this excerpt further explains: "In the Breede River in South Africa, a team of scientists had landed a 13-foot 1000-pound female shark in the river, and it set the world record as the largest Bull Shark ever caught. It was released back into the river, causing controversy with many of the locals."

Apparently, the bull shark was a female and heavily pregnant. Nicknamed Nyami Nyami, this shark seemed to be content swimming up and down the river in search of easy food which could be because the river is an important nursery.

Bull sharks are very aggressive and derive their name partly from the fact that they are known to ram their victims before killing them. Many fatal attacks on humans have been reported as this excerpt points out: "It is also statistically the deadliest shark in the world for humans. Several Bull Shark attacks around New Jersey actually inspired the movie "Jaws", two of them occuring in freshwater."

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