After an utter failure of a #sharkchat with Shark Week on Twitter (where the main topic was ice cream), already fed up scientists absolutely exploded when it came out that the supposed shark of Lake Ontario (who already had a twitter account) was all an elaborate hoax by the very program that once worked to promote a positive shark image.
If you hadn't heard about Sharktario, the Lake Ontario shark, we can fill you in. A grainy video showing kids fishing in a freshwater lake and a mysterious critter suddenly snaps up to take the bait, disappearing back under as quickly as it appeared. The video continues with repeated slow motion recounts, as well as close ups. However, even when zoomed in the picture was grainy and left scientists and the general public baffled.
Was this a catfish?
Another large bony fish?
Or was this really a shark?
I'll admit it: I fell for the bait. It was a hot topic among my mates. I looked over the video and wrote a piece with trackingsharks.com that analyzed the video, capturing screen shots (like, two) stating why, in my professional opinion, I thought this animal was a small bull shark. The blurry teeth shown at 00:49 were similar to a bull shark, and the fin was too rigid to be a catfish or other fish. However, the flexibility it showed once diving down was too much for a shark.