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Minnesota man finds shark jawbone in Mississippi River

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (KBJR/CNN) –  A man reeled in an unusual trophy when he found a shark jawbone while fishing on the Mississippi River in Minnesota.

Joey Piskel pulled the jawbone from the mighty Mississippi on Saturday.

Piskel and his father said they were in disbelief when they saw a set of teeth emerge from the water.

“I didn't know what the heck it was," said Piskel.

So, his father took it to the Grand Rapids Department of Natural Resources to find out exactly what it was they caught.

Biologists at the DNR said the jaw belonged to a sand tiger shark, which is a salt water species that couldn’t possibly survive in the Mississippi river.

But how did these sharks make it up to Minnesota? The answer is still unclear.

 "I don't know if somebody caught this shark and dumped the body?" said Piskel. “Maybe they shipped it, and it rotted when it got here?"

One thing that is clear: the future of the mysterious jaw.

"I'm looking forward to drying this out and cleaning up a little bit, take a brush and scrub off the rest of the decaying matter and put it on the wall," said Piskel. 

Piskel also said this isn’t the first time they’ve reeled in something that was anything but fishy. Years back, they caught a log and have that mounted on their wall too.

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