While nobody actually saw it fall from the sky, the Californian golf club’s employees say the shark has puncture wounds and speculate it may have been dropped by a bird that had snagged it from the Pacific Ocean, about 8km away.
At the San Juan Hills Golf Club, the leopard shark was found flopping around near the 12th tee box, where a group of golfers had just been playing.
A staff member who discovered the shark brought it back to the clubhouse in the back of his golf cart.
The approximately 1kg shark was quickly put into fresh water…before somebody remembered it came from the sea. Some sea salt was pilfered from the kitchen and mixed in.
While at the clubhouse, staff noted it had two puncture wounds on its dorsal fin and was covered in blood.
An employee rushed the shark to the ocean where it was still for a few seconds before twisting around and speeding off.