Due to a flood in Australia, sharks have invaded a golf course. The bull sharks that inhabit a lake near the 14th tee at the Carbrook Golf Club, in Brisbane became stranded when a flood caused a nearby river to break its banks a few years ago. Now not only are the sharks thriving, they are breeding.
In the past children would dive into the lake to retrieve lost golf balls but now there are no swimming signs posted around the lake with a picture of a shark on it. General manager Scott Wagstaff says there six bull sharks in the lake, and they measure about 8 to 10 feet in length. He says the lake is well stocked with fish for them to feed on, but he says he sometimes feeds them meat to encourage them to come to the surface.
“You can’t believe how close you are…just six feet away,” Wagstaff said in a statement. “There’s no drama, it’s become a positive thing for the golf course. They are amazing. I’ve become a shark lover since working here.”
Wagstaff went on to say, “I’m sure they are aggressive when you are in the water but when you are out here feeding them they are beautiful to watch.”
Wagstaff says the sharks have become a good draw for the course. Often golfers will pause a few minutes at the 14th hole to see if they can catch a glimpse of them, he says. They also have named an annual golf tournament after the courses inhabitants, called the “Shark Lake Challenge.”
The Bull shark is most famous for its remarkable ability to thrive in both saltwater and freshwater and can travel far up rivers. They have even been known to travel up to Indiana in the Ohio River and Illinois in the Mississippi River, although there have been few recorded attacks. As a result, they are probably responsible for the majority of near-shore shark attacks, including many attacks attributed to other species.