Washington: A 2-pound leopard shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee at a California golf course on Monday.
The 2-foot-long 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 on Thursday, Fox News reported.
No body was teeing up when the shark fell at afternoon, although some golfers had just left the area, she said.
A course marshal, who makes sure that 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 held it in its grasp.
The marshal then 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 stuck the small shark in a bucket of water. Then somebody remembered that it wasn't a fresh water fish, 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, but then it flipped and took off.
"We have your typical coyotes, skunks and the occasional mountain lion, but nothing like a shark," McCormack added.