Trying to change the leopard’s spot
Sunday October 28th 2012, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Wildlife


Okay, this is silly, but it grabbed my imagination and wouldn’t let go. You’ve probably heard about it by now, but. A two foot leopard shark fell out of the sky on a golf course in San Juan Capistrano a few days ago. Didn’t hit anybody, and someone grabbed it into their golf cart and dashed for the clubhouse.

Was it an osprey? A peregrine? Whodunit?

Now, every kid out there has been taught that hurt animals are angry animals and to stay away. The story doesn’t say: was it a two-row golf cart? Did he put it in the back to keep those teeth away? Or just right down next to him? Did it set off the Fasten Seatbelt sign?

Someone got it in a bucket with water, okay, there, phew. No! Wait! Sharks are saltwater fish, hey, run, grab some salt out of the kitchen for me, we gotta save this thing! And so they poured salt around its wounds, and someone snapped its picture.

Then they got it to the nearby ocean and somehow, incredibly, the thing had survived all that enough to recover and take off. No bones to break when you’re cartilege-only, I guess, but wow.

And now he can tell his friends about the raptor and the humans that got away.

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That is truly amazing.

Comment by LynnM 10.29.12 @ 1:37 am

Wow. What a fish tale!

Comment by Channon 10.29.12 @ 7:05 am

I saw that story in my local paper and had to read it twice! I didn’t believe it!

Comment by Jody 10.29.12 @ 7:10 am

Yes, I also saw it in the paper. My first thought was, ‘How did it get UP there?’ And then I read that it was a baby shark. Boy, that raptor must have been hungry!

Comment by Don Meyer 10.29.12 @ 8:53 am

WOW!! and yes, I can hear him now telling all those tales that none of his fish friends will believe!

Comment by Bev 10.29.12 @ 9:41 am

Land shark!!!!

Comment by twinsetellen 10.29.12 @ 6:47 pm

Lol. Yes, my Dear told me all about this a couple of days ago. Definitely a story for the bird to tell of “the one that got away”!

Comment by Ruth 10.29.12 @ 8:22 pm

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