Shark swims through the streets flooded by Hurricane Ian!



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Shark swims through the streets flooded by Hurricane Ian!

A video went around the world: in Florida, what is likely a young shark was filmed swimming on a flooded road in Fort Myers, Lee County, during the passage of Hurricane Ian. Real estate agent Dominic Cameratta, looking out from the back of his house, noticed the presence of the big fish, which was swimming with difficulty.

The man recorded everything with his smartphone: on Twitter the video went viral with over 12 million views.

It was initially thought that it was fake news, but the video was original, as stated by both the Associated Press and Storyful.

It would appear that the back of the estate agent's house is near a pond heavily impacted by the tides and flooded by the hurricane. The small basin is next to a small river which flows into Estero bay. Professor Yannis Papastamatiou, a marine biologist expert in shark behavior at Florida International University said most sharks flee shallow bays before hurricanes, likely alerted by a change in barometric pressure.

According to the scientist, the fish may have accidentally ascended the watercourse to the flooded pond, only to end up on the street in front of the real estate agent's house. George Burgess, former director of the shark program at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said: "Young bull sharks are common inhabitants of low-salinity waters, rivers, estuaries, subtropical levees, and often appear on similar videos in related FL water bodies.

to the sea such as coastal canals and ponds. Assuming the location and date information are correct, this shark is likely to have been dragged to the coast as the sea rose."

Hurricane Ian, of Category 4, progressively weakened, until it was reclassified as a tropical storm.

Hurricane Ian did damage mainly along the Florida coast, where water has invaded entire neighborhoods. Marine biologist Rick Bartleson of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation said, regarding the footage with the alleged shark, that the dorsal fin resembles neither that of a sawfish nor that of a shark.

Furthermore, experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission would not have been able to identify the species of the animal.