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Bull sharks have been spotted in Mississippi River

Bull sharks have been spotted in Mississippi River

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Q. I've been told by those who should know that there are bull sharks in the Mississippi River, as they can swim in water other than the ocean. Now, I'm wondering if any fisherman has ever seen one or caught one? I assume they would be near where the ocean meets the river. Just wondering

— DeWitt, Iowa, reader

A. A National Geographic article posted on Oct. 28, 2010, said, "Bull sharks have traveled up the Mississippi River as far north as Illinois …"

Bull sharks generally grow to about 7.5 feet and weigh up to 285 pounds, the National Geographic article said.

"While bull sharks are commonly found along coastlines, bays and harbors. They also frequent a most uncommon shark habitat – freshwater rivers," National Geographic said.

An article posted July 16, 2012, in In-Fisherman recounted a 1937 bull shark catch by two commercial fishermen, Herbert Cope and Dudge Collins, in Alton, Ill. The bull shark was five feet long and weighed 84 pounds, according to the In-Fisherman article, which included a photo. The In-Fisherman article also stated that dams now prevent bull sharks from entering Illinois.

We also have contacted the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to find out if there have been any other sightings or captures of bull sharks on the Mississippi River. We will include more information in a follow-up.

To read the full articles from National Geographic or In-Fisherman, visit

Q. I want to pack some antique dolls with movable eyes. Do I pack them face down? How do I pack them?

— Mike, Davenport

A. It depends on several factors. What material are the dolls made of? What material are the eyes made of? Are you packing them to ship or to store?

If you are planning on shipping the dolls, you may want to contact one of the shipping experts listed below:

• FedEx, 110 E. 50th St., Davenport, IA 52806, 563-388-0905.

• UPS, 102 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806, 563-391-3331.

• U.S. Postal Service, 933 W. 2nd St., Davenport, IA 52802, 563-323-0306.

If you want to pack the dolls for long-term storage, you may want to contact:

• Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, IA 52804, 563-324-1933.

There are a number of local collectible shops, hobby stores and antiques dealers. You also may want to contact them.

If you are online, you may want to consider contacting Doug Smith. His Doug’s Q-C Collectibles column appears one Sunday per month in the Quad-City Times Home & Garden section. His website is, or you can email him at

There also is the National Antique Doll Dealers Association at or the United Federation of Doll Clubs Inc. at


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