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Live Shark Found on OC Golf Course
NBC Los Angeles ^ | October 24, 2012 | Melissa Palmer

Posted on 10/24/2012 9:38:56 PM PDT by Altariel

Imagine this: You're having a pleasant afternoon with your buddies, playing the links at San Juan Hills Golf Club.

You arrive at the 12th tee box at the San Juan Capistrano course and there you see it: A shark, very much alive and thrashing around on the grass.

OK, so it was only a 2-foot-long shark, but still.

"Shark falling from the sky, kind of odd," said Melissa McCormack, director of club operations at San Juan Hills.

The fish was actually found about 4 p.m. Monday by a golf course employee, who picked it up, put it into the back of his golf cart and drove it to the clubhouse, she said. A group of golfers had just left the tee before the shark was spotted.

The shark had two puncture wounds, which made McCormack think a predatory bird had scooped the fish up out of the water, dropping the shark down onto the course. She first relayed the story to the

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: golf; golfcourse; shark

1 posted on 10/24/2012 9:39:00 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

http://m.nbclosangeles.com/nbclosangeles/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=CuyM4Syv&full=true#display

Imagine this: You’re having a pleasant afternoon with your buddies, playing the links at San Juan Hills Golf Club.

You arrive at the 12th tee box at the San Juan Capistrano course and there you see it: A shark, very much alive and thrashing around on the grass.

OK, so it was only a 2-foot-long shark, but still.

“Shark falling from the sky, kind of odd,” said Melissa McCormack, director of club operations at San Juan Hills.

The fish was actually found about 4 p.m. Monday by a golf course employee, who picked it up, put it into the back of his golf cart and drove it to the clubhouse, she said. A group of golfers had just left the tee before the shark was spotted.

The shark had two puncture wounds, which made McCormack think a predatory bird had scooped the fish up out of the water, dropping the shark down onto the course. She first relayed the story to the Capistrano Dispatch.

“It was just wriggling around. He needed to get to the ocean right away,” McCormack said, adding that it appeared to be a leopard shark.

After a quick dip in fresh water – since McCormack and the employee weren’t sure if the small shark could survive if placed in a tank of fresh water – the animal was quickly driven out to the nearby ocean.

Still alive, the shark was dropped back into the sea near Dana Point, where it undoubtedly went on to finish its round with an eagle or two. Or maybe just a birdie.


2 posted on 10/24/2012 9:39:53 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

No big thing. I’ve known a whole buncha lawyers who play golf!


3 posted on 10/24/2012 9:42:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Altariel

Have they closed the golf course and posted warning signs?


4 posted on 10/24/2012 9:43:09 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Altariel

Exactly why I never play golf without a foursome.

You never know what shark they’ll pair you up with.


5 posted on 10/24/2012 9:51:15 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: Altariel

Was there some dramatic music accompanying the discovery of said shark?’’(dunt dunt dunt dunt ‘’) “Land Shark’’.


6 posted on 10/24/2012 9:54:00 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Altariel

Maybe it came from the same place the one did that ended up inside a college dorm heater. Odd It made it all the way to West Virgina.


7 posted on 10/24/2012 9:55:21 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Altariel
So they dropped it back into the ocean at Dana Point.

I'd call around to all the local law firms to see if a partner is missing...

8 posted on 10/24/2012 9:55:54 PM PDT by jonascord (Democrats are the people on the Left Side of the IQ Bell Curve.)
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To: Altariel

A shark on a golf course? That’s totally believable. What’s not believable is the people of America TWICE being fooled by a Marxist Kenyan. That defies logic.


9 posted on 10/24/2012 9:57:31 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Altariel
Sounds like a butter-taloned osprey dropped his lunch.

I've been bombed by an osprey's baitfish before ... wish it had been something big enough to be worth eating.

10 posted on 10/24/2012 10:07:18 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Altariel
Sounds like a butter-taloned osprey dropped his lunch.

I've been bombed by an osprey's baitfish before ... wish it had been something big enough to be worth eating.

11 posted on 10/24/2012 10:07:25 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Altariel

Ten years later in 2022, a mature Leopard Shark dressed in an overcoat and hat was seen dropping an envelope on the doorstep of the golf course greens keeper before flapping away across the ground in its fins toward the ocean.

The envelope contained ten golden doubloons suspected to be from the wreckage of an as-yet undiscovered Spanish galleon ‘Santo Domingo’, the location of which has eluded treasure seekers for 400 years, along with a note written on dried kelp with octopus ink which read simply “tank u. sined leperd shark”


12 posted on 10/24/2012 10:13:59 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: Altariel

I have no knowledge of the source of the very common comment, but were lasers strapped to it’s head?


13 posted on 10/24/2012 10:19:14 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: piasa
You are probably right! I like your description of the osprey being * butter-taloned*....LOL :)


14 posted on 10/24/2012 10:22:23 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Very good! Thanks for the smile.


15 posted on 10/24/2012 10:25:18 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - And the correct answer is no one is entitled to a bailout.)
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16 posted on 10/24/2012 10:26:27 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
LOL


17 posted on 10/24/2012 10:36:38 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Altariel

Please tell me that an episode such as this qualifies as a loose impediment under USGA rules.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 1:31:08 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Altariel

Stupid uneducated reporter. Sharks are not fish.


19 posted on 10/25/2012 2:36:07 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: The KG9 Kid

Very well done!


20 posted on 10/25/2012 2:40:20 AM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: Daffynition

Holy Carp!


21 posted on 10/25/2012 2:40:55 AM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: Houghton M.
Stupid uneducated reporter. Sharks are not fish.

You are joking - right?

Sharks are not mammals, they are a species of fish called Elasmobranchs, not a boney fish as they have no bones, but have cartilage instead.

22 posted on 10/25/2012 2:55:37 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=327069

“Well, “fish” is not really a technical scientific term.”

“According to Merriam Webster, a fish is:”

“Quote:”

“any of numerous cold-blooded strictly aquatic craniate vertebrates that include the bony fishes and usually the cartilaginous and jawless fishes and that have typically an elongated somewhat spindle-shaped body terminating in a broad caudal fin, limbs in the form of fins when present at all, and a 2-chambered heart by which blood is sent through thoracic gills to be oxygenated”

“”Fish” thus normally includes three different living classes of vertebrates: the Osteoichthyes, or bony fish; the Chondrichthyes, or cartilaginous fish (sharks and rays, as well as some odder groups such as chimeras), and the Agnata, or jawless fish (lampreys, hagfish, plus many early fossil forms). There is yet another class, the Placoderma, which includes armored fish that are all now extinct.”

“So yes, sharks are indeed fish, but a quite different kind of fish than a trout. The two are about as closely related as an elephant is to a turtle.”

So, you win.


23 posted on 10/25/2012 3:07:17 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: Altariel

I bet it was a dogfish.

They litter the beach by the hundreds in some areas of the Outer Banks.


24 posted on 10/25/2012 3:10:45 AM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: 21twelve
Magic Carp It Ride...


25 posted on 10/25/2012 3:49:21 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Altariel

Nah that were no shark, it was one of a foursome of lawyers trying to play through


26 posted on 10/25/2012 3:58:46 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Altariel

I think I would be more scared of whatever “predatory bird” is flying around in PR that can take a 2 foot shark home for dinner.


27 posted on 10/25/2012 4:58:31 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Altariel
I think it was a practice run that missed


28 posted on 10/25/2012 6:02:51 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Altariel

They took the shark to the clubhouse? The shark was hunting gophers! Varmint Cong! Bill Murray is behind this!


29 posted on 10/25/2012 6:50:08 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Altariel; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono
"Shark falling from the sky, kind of odd," said Melissa McCormack, director of club operations at San Juan Hills.

Be grateful it wasn't armed with a laser.

30 posted on 10/25/2012 9:36:11 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Daffynition
Perhaps an African Swallow gripped it.


31 posted on 10/25/2012 9:40:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Daffynition

What a great pic!
That carp looks like it is having a VERY bad day!


32 posted on 10/25/2012 9:44:00 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: a fool in paradise

How do you know so much about swallows?


33 posted on 10/25/2012 9:45:48 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Altariel

Ah ha ha! Greg Norman was just playing thru and nobody recognized him?


34 posted on 10/25/2012 9:51:37 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: Daffynition
It takes a lot of skill to ride a flying carp like that, what with the air currents, the slippery skin.

That bird definitely has balance.

Nice footwork, hanging five!

35 posted on 10/25/2012 9:59:59 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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