Dead shark found in Lake Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Rich Fasi of Traverse City says he found a dead 2-foot shark in Lake Michigan while fishing Wednesday.

The saltwater fish was a juvenile blacktip shark, said George Burgess, director of the Florida Program For Shark Research at the University of Florida.

Mark Tonello, a fisheries biologist from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said someone might have caught the shark off the Atlantic Coast and kept it on ice while bringing it to northern Michigan.

Another possibility is that the dead shark was dumped by someone who had kept it as a pet, Tonello said.

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