FORE! Leopard Shark Found on a Golf Course

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You may have seen alligators on a golf course, but a shark? According to GrindTV and the Orange County Register, a two-pound leopard shark was found on the green of the San Juan Hills Golf Club in California. There’s much speculation on how the marine creature made its way to land — and onto a golf course of all places — but one of the theories was that it was snatched by a predatory osprey and wiggled its way out of grasp, only to land onto the grass. This theory is feasible because the beach is only two miles away. Another explanation involves it being a pet shark from an aquarium that had been dumped, however a wound under the shark’s dorsal fin with fresh blood suggest the former.

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“We couldn’t believe it was still alive,” said Melissa McCormack, the golf club’s Director of Operations. “This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen here. There’s been nothing as bizarre as this.”

The authorities put the shark in a bucket of water and released it back to the ocean, after what I can only imagine was a frightening ordeal for the little shark. Then again, what do I know? Perhaps it just wanted to brush up on its game — just when you thought it was safe to go back to the golf course…

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