Shark infested Hudson River?

8/6/2008:

Hoboken painter Frank Hanavan witnessed this cool shark incident while touring Manhattan last month!

Shark in the Hudson!

“I was riding my bike along the Manhattan greenway bike and running path Tuesday July 15th around dusk. Near Battery Park City I found a guy that had landed a 24″ shark.

Here are two photos. Sure, it isn’t IN Hoboken, but the guy threw the shark back in and who knows? Don’t dangle your toes in the Hudson is my advice!”

hudson-river-shark.jpg

17 Responses

  1. bmoc04 says:

    It looks like a dogfish, which is somewhat related to the shark family. They typically have spines by their dorsal fins which can hurt if they get you with them. They are found all over the place in waters around NYC so they are not unusual. No one really tries to catch them, it’s usually accidental while fluke fishing in the summer or striped bass fishing. They like similar bait.

  2. Easy-E says:

    It’s a dogfish I think, they’re harmless.

    What you have to watch out for are Bull Sharks, which are among the most aggressive species and account for a large number of attacks on humans. They can survive for long periods in fresh water. “Jaws” was based on a string of attacks that happened in South Jersey in 1916, 2 died in a river far inland. They suspect that it might have been a bull shark.

    Feel better? :)

  3. homeworld says:

    aw it’s a little baby

  4. chacha17 says:

    so when are we doing the free kayaking on the hudson and does that come with anti-shark repellent (as found on batman’s utility belt)?????

  5. thebinatwork2 says:

    Dogfish are sharks.

  6. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”97683″]What you have to watch out for are Bull Sharks, which are among the most aggressive species and account for a large number of attacks on humans. They can survive for long periods in fresh water. “Jaws” was based on a string of attacks that happened in South Jersey in 1916, 2 died in a river far inland. They suspect that it might have been a bull shark.

    Feel better? :)[/quote]

    I was just going to post about Bull Sharks. They’ve been found in the Hudson before, as well as the Mississippi and other inland rivers in Jersey and other states. Bull Sharks are AGGRESSIVE. I watched shark week.

  7. thebinatwork2 says:

    In the immortal words of Tracy Morgan, live everyday of your life like it’s Shark Week.

  8. emarche says:

    [quote comment=”97710″]In the immortal words of Tracy Morgan, live everyday of your life like it’s Shark Week.[/quote]

    Sitting on my couch without any pants?

  9. TheGreatCO says:

    Dangling your toes in the water will not result in a shark attack. People swim with sharks all the time and they don’t even know it. You should be more afraid of jellyfish then sharks.

  10. dirtyjerz says:

    Speaking of sharks, has anyone gone shark cage diving in NJ? Always something I wanted to do.

  11. thebinatwork2 says:

    Tracy Jordan! D’oh!

  12. emarche says:

    [quote comment=”97737″]Speaking of sharks, has anyone gone shark cage diving in NJ? Always something I wanted to do.[/quote]

    Do they offer cage diving in NJ? A good friend of mine went off Guadalupe island last year for cage diving with great whites – the video he brought back was insane.

  13. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”97742″]Tracy Jordan! D’oh![/quote]
    Well, we all knew who you meant, and it was damn funny.

    As for cage diving, my sister is planning on doing it off of South Africa with the great whites (I think she’s NUTS).

  14. dirtyjerz says:

    [quote comment=”97765″][quote comment=”97737″]Speaking of sharks, has anyone gone shark cage diving in NJ? Always something I wanted to do.[/quote]

    Do they offer cage diving in NJ? A good friend of mine went off Guadalupe island last year for cage diving with great whites – the video he brought back was insane.[/quote]

    I’ve quickly googled around but there doesn’t seem to be one in NJ. Not a shark expert, but I wonder if it has to do with colder waters and less visibility off our coast for us to see anything. It’s definately nuts, I agree, but it’d be interesting to do. Until then, Shark Week and JAWS will have to do

  15. emarche says:

    Visibility off Jersey actually isn’t that bad – but conditions do vary. You should call the Hoboken Dive Center. I’ve completed some training through the shop and they’re very good at what they do, but more importantly a number of the instructors dive regularly off the Jersey shore.

  16. a_siren says:

    Yeah, well you know then that diving in NJ is still a whole different ball of wax versus warm water diving. 1) Up here 6-12 feet of vis is considered good. I would think have the fun of being in a shark cage is watching it come out you. Not so much fun if you can only see it when it got really close. I got a good picture of a shark in the Carribean that was about 30 feet away, and the vis let me see way past that. 2) Water temps are really variable but on average quite cold, and if you are going to be diving up here you a full 7mm isn’t going to cut it. You are probably going to be pretty uncomfortable/unsafe unless you are in 12-14 mm plus a hood and gloves or a dry suit. I can’t see rigging tourists up in drysuits.

  17. Bauhaus says:

    [quote comment=”97778″][quote comment=”97765″][quote comment=”97737″]Speaking of sharks, has anyone gone shark cage diving in NJ? Always something I wanted to do.[/quote]

    “Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark’s in the water. Our shark.

    ♪Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain♪ ♪ ♫…..”

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