A two-metre long shark has been caught in a river in southern Iraq more than 200 km( 160 miles) from the sea. Karim Hasan Thamir said he was fishing with his sons last week when they spotted a large fish thrashing about in his net.
” I recognised the fish as a shark because I have seen one on a television programme,” he told Reuters. The shark was pulled from the mouth of an irrigation canal that joins the Euphrates river.
The Euphrates joins the Tigris River further east to form the Shatt al-Arab waterway which flows south past Bastra into the Gulf. Dr Mohamed Ajah, assisted dean of the College of science at Thi Qar University bin Nassiriya, said barriers in river estuaries usually prevented sharks swimming upstream.
” In this case, I think this animal was there for a long time but no one had managed to see it”, he said. Locals blamed the U.S. military for shark’s presence.
Tahseen Ali, a teacher, said there was a ” 75 percent chance” Americans had put the shark in the water. ” This is very frightening for us. Our children always swim in the river and I believe tha there are more sharks. I believe that America is behind this matter,” said fisherman Hatim Karim