Aquarium weighs in on possible shark spotted in Intracoastal Waterway


Wrightsville Beach, NC (WWAY) — No matter what it actually is, it’s still a sight to behold.

This weekend, Kristen Jeno captured this video of what appears to be a shark in the Intracoastal Waterway. It made an appearance during Swim the Loop at Wrightsville Beach.

Jeno posted the video online and said swimmers had to stop for about five minutes to brave the sprint across once the coast ‘was clear, aka we didn’t see Fluffy for 5 minutes.’

You can see in the video that the fish moves pretty fast. Several people took the Facebook post saying it was a sunfish (otherwise known as a Mola mola.)

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Spokeswoman Robin Nalepa says the staff can’t say definitely that it is a Mola mola, but that makes more sense given the observable characteristics.

Aquarium staff says the dorsal fin and the broad head and body points to a mola. Staff members say it is also odd not to see a caudal fin break the surface if the dorsal was out that high, if it was a shark.

Whatever it was, maybe it just wanted to Swim the Loop, too.

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