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Are there bullhead sharks in Sutton Lake?

Amy Hotz

Anglers fish from the public fishing area at Sutton Lake.

Bullhead sharks are not native to this area. But they are popular aquarium fish.

“There’s always the potential that someone had some in an aquarium and released them in Sutton Lake,” said Bob Barwick, District 2 fisheries biologist, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission out of Greenville, N.C.

But, he added, he’s not heard of any reports of sightings.

The reader might be thinking of bull sharks, which are roaming the waters off our coast. Bull sharks, Barwick said, are one of the few sharks that can withstand fresh water amazingly well. And he would not be surprised to find a bull shark wandering up the Cape Fear River – but not swimming around Sutton Lake. While flounder (which are found in Sutton Lake) lay eggs, which are easier to transport to inland lakes, sharks give birth to live pups and it would be much more difficult for them to find their way into a lake.

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