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Manuela Tobias
By Manuela Tobias July 12, 2017

It's fake news that a 3,000-pound shark was caught in Lake Michigan

A story that fishermen caught a 3,000-pound white shark in Lake Michigan is fake news. ran a post on June 22 that said a Canadian tourist and his friend from Chicago had caught a shark responsible for the deaths of 100 people who went missing over the past decade. The catch and deaths are fabricated.

The story is a shorter version of a June 20, 2016, post published on World News Daily Report, a satirical news site.

"We’ve heard a few times about this story, and there's no fact to it," said Christopher Yaw, a spokesperson for the District Nine Coast Guard.

Great white sharks can’t swim in freshwater, as it dilutes their internal salt levels. That dehydrates them and decreases their buoyancy, so that they sink.

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The story quotes a biology professor at the University of Illinois on the rarity of the find, but a search of his name on the university’s database yielded no results.

The post claims there was a 1916 shark attack in Lake Eerie that led to a 14 year swimming ban, but we found no traces of this attack or a ban. The most famous actual 1916 attack occurred on the Jersey Shore, in salt water.

We also found no credible reports of disappearances on the lake.

A disclaimer at the bottom of the story calls a satire entertainment website.

"We make no representation as to the completeness, accuracy or currency of any information on this Web Site," a disclaimer reads.

This claim is bogus. We rate it Pants on Fire!

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