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Shark falls from sky onto California golf course

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:43 p.m. HST, Oct 25, 2012

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. >> 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, Melissa McCormack, director of club operations, said Thursday.

No one was teeing up when the shark fell Monday afternoon, although some golfers had just left the area, she said.

A course marshal, who makes sure players maintain an appropriate pace, 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.

The marshal put the shark in his golf cart and drove it back to the clubhouse.

"He went above and beyond," McCormack said.

The marshal, McCormack and employee Bryan Stizer wanted to help the small shark, so they stuck it in a bucket of water. Then somebody remembered it wasn't a fresh water animal, so they stirred up some "homemade sea water" using sea salt from the kitchen, she said.

"We knew we had to get it to the ocean as fast as possible," McCormack said.

She grabbed a photo of the shark before Stizer headed to the sea.

"When Brian put it in the water, it didn't move," she said, "but then it flipped and took off."

It's the first time anyone could remember a shark falling from the sky at the golf course.

"We have your typical coyotes, skunks and the occasional mountain lion, but nothing like a shark," McCormack said.

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Pocho wrote:
is this news worthy?
on October 25,2012 | 01:27PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Probably to the shark.
on October 25,2012 | 01:38PM
PaloloValley wrote:
on October 25,2012 | 02:52PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Sure is, especially if you were the ones just leaving that tee. I enjoyed reading it.
on October 25,2012 | 02:33PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Entertaining story. A good break from all the bad news that seems to dominate the news.
on October 25,2012 | 01:43PM
silvangold wrote:
iT SURE IS! especially because there's nothing political it that........(or maybe there is...)
on October 25,2012 | 02:20PM
lowtone123 wrote:
It's the first time anyone could remember a shark falling from the sky at the golf course. "We have your typical coyotes, skunks and the occasional mountain lion, but nothing like a shark," McCormack said. Animals falling from the sky is typical over there? Not here.
on October 25,2012 | 02:29PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Too bad the shark didn't ask if he could play through.
on October 25,2012 | 02:58PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
on October 25,2012 | 03:14PM
pollocoyoco wrote:
Could be worse - could be Tiger.
on October 25,2012 | 03:17PM
aomohoa wrote:
This is hilarious! Wrong Tiger on the course.
on October 25,2012 | 04:03PM
kauai wrote:
New trend? Along with the Swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, now we'll have Leopard sharks returning to San Juan Capistrano golf courses!
on October 25,2012 | 04:35PM
Mahalo wrote:
on October 25,2012 | 04:38PM
markat wrote:
Wonder what kind of bird it was that dropped the shark.....
on October 25,2012 | 05:18PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Bird? Tomorrow they'll announce Bush was behind the whole thing...
on October 25,2012 | 06:06PM
jomama wrote:
or Obama
on October 25,2012 | 08:43PM
sak wrote:
2-foot-long, 2-pounds? Kind of skinny for a shark that big?
on October 26,2012 | 07:30AM
oahuson wrote:
Maybe The thing fell out of back of sushi cart that drives around the course.
on October 26,2012 | 10:30AM
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