Shark Falls From Sky Onto Golf Course, Gets Ride Back to Sea

A bird probably dropped it

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 26, 2012 11:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nobody yelled "Fore!" at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee. The 2-pound leopard shark was apparently plucked from the ocean by a bird, then dropped on San Juan Hills Golf Club. No one was teeing up when the shark fell Monday afternoon, although some golfers had just left the area.

A course marshal saw something moving around on the tee and went to investigate. He found the shark bleeding with puncture wounds, where it seems the bird had held it in its grasp. He got it into a bucket of water, and another employee drove the shark to the ocean and let it go. At first it didn't move, "but then it flipped and took off."

This photo released by the San Juan Hills Golf Club shows a leopard shark that dropped out of the sky on the 12th tee. It's back in the ocean now.   (Melissa McCormack)
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