Videos of sharks attacking seals are common. Columbia River shark sightings are not.
The Columbia River flows along the border or Oregon and Washington and is home to excellent fishing. The river dumps into the Pacific near Astoria, Oregon and is home to salmon, seals, crabs and the occasional shark. This video of the shark attack has many wondering, could it really be a great white shark?
The video shows a shark feeding on a seal, and the man who filmed it can be heard screaming, “It’s a great white!”
They are not known to swim in the Columbia River. However, it is possible that the shark who was feeding on the injured seal is a great white. The species is known to swim along the Oregon Coast. But it could have also been a salmon shark, a smaller shark that looks much like the infamous great white.
Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are not sure what species of shark it was. It could be a young great white as the size was estimated to be 12-15 feet. Salmon sharks are their closest relative in the shark family. Watch the video and decide for yourself. Whatever species the shark was, Columbia River shark sightings are rare.