Just when you thought it was safe to putt: Shark falls from the sky onto golf course

Even when you're on dry land, you may not be completely safe from sharks. Golfers at San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., got a bit of a shock this past Monday when a two-foot-long leopard shark dropped from the sky onto the 12th hole. So how did this sea creature find itself five miles from the ocean?

Fortunately, the sharks have not learned to fly, and this isn't a case of animal rain. Puncture wounds indicate that a bird caught the shark and then dropped it over the golf course. After making sure there was no risk (leopard sharks aren't known to attack), the course employees stuck the shark in water and rushed it back to the ocean. Hopefully it wasn't too badly injured and that blood didn't attract a larger predator.

But next time you're golfing, you might want to keep an eye from the skies. Every now and then, birds will bomb you with something worse than their poop.

Leopard shark (presumably not the same leopard shark) photo by Brian Gratwicke.

Shark falls from sky onto Calif. golf course [The News Tribune via Geekologie]