If you think the Northwest is void of 6-foot sharks, think again.
A 6-foot salmon shark swam into Bellingham’s Squalicum Harbor Aug. 20 and later died, as seen in this Bellingham Herald video.
Salmon sharks average 7-8 feet in length but can grow beyond 10 feet. They’re not uncommon in Northwest waters – in fact, they migrate from the Gulf of Alaska to breed as far south as Oregon and California, following schools of Pacific salmon on which they feed. They also eat other fish, squid, and sea otters.
The largest salmon sharks weigh 660 pounds and live up to 25 years. Learn more from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.