Shark on a golf course
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/24/12

Until today, if you had told me you had "seen a shark on a golf course," I immediately would have assumed that you were talking about about Greg Norman, or perhaps even Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau.

But not anymore.

On Monday afternoon, a course marshal at San Juan Hills Golf Club found a two-foot-long leopard shark wriggling and thrashing around at the 12th tee-box.  After a sober analysis, it seems logical; leopard sharks are native to the Pacific Ocean near San Juan Capistrano, California and tend to live in shallow water. This is well within the reach of a predatory bird looking for lunch.

Perhaps after flying the four miles inland from the ocean, the bird either got tired of carrying the shark, or changed its mind about getting "take-out seafood."

The reaction on the ground was not surprising:
"It was just wriggling around," Director of Club Operations Melissa McCormack said. "Honestly, this is the weirdest thing that's happened here."
Club employee Bryan Sitzer managed to keep the fish alive in a bucket of water and later released it back into the Pacific Ocean.

What would have happened if the bird had dropped the shark directly on a golfer's head?  Just thinking about that creeps me out.

Instead, I would *much* rather watch THIS kind of Shark activity:

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
I hate to admit it but I have been nailed on the head by a passing Canadian goose. Fortunately I was wearing a hat!
jfurr says:
Was it an ill-tempered shark?
legitimatebeef says:
Wow. My parents live near this course. I play it sometimes when I visit. Nice end to the story for the shark.

Brian, I once tagged on the head by a seagull. This happened in high school, during lunch. Luckily I was wearing a cap. Still it was freakin embarrassing. Now I always keep an eye out when birds are overhead.
C-4 says:
Bird pooh is very warm...a pigeon got me with the purple poop.
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