YES, WE SAW A SHARK! Wow, what a thrill that was! We were told about the shark watching from this particular bridge and wanted to see it for ourselves! Talk about up close and personal, the abandoned bridge is approx. 4 feet above the water and the shark was right at the edge of the bridge.
If you like a little spice with your vacation or weekend then put this on your list. This is an activity that takes some planning, like maybe some boat shoes or flip-flops. You need to be aware that to get on the bridge you’ll have to cross about 12 feet of open water up to 2 feet deep on slippery rocks. Once at the bridge’s edge you’ll climb upon a series of 5 ‘L-Shaped’ pegs in an alternating step-ladder format to reach the top and pull yourself up.
Congratulations, you’ve made it up onto the shark viewing platform! OK, the ‘Old abandoned half swept away wooden bridge’. 🙂 We took up positions on each end of the bridge not expecting to see anything during our visit. We were indeed very lucky seeing both a Bonnethead Shark & Stingray within the first 10 minutes we were there. It was awesome, my wife saw the stingray first as I ran the length of the bridge with camera in hand snapping away. It wasn’t two minutes later as I returned to my end of the bridge that I saw the gray half exposed fin of a shark coming towards me… with ‘Jaws’ music playing in my head I still frantically kept snapping away as I yelled “Shark, Shark!” as my wife ran down the bridge. OH Yeah, did I tell you that Bonnetheads are a member of the Hammerhead family and can grow up to 5 feet in length! There, now listen to the ‘Jaws’ movie theme!
You can find this hidden half swept away abandoned bridge for ‘Shark Watching’ at Mile Marker 25.0 bayside. Turn on Horace Street going down to Northside Drive, turn right going only .1 mile to Niles Road and turning left. Drive down 1.5 miles and park your car walking down the partially muddy path on your right for approximately 3 or 4 minutes.