Live Shark Found at San Juan Hills Golf Club

An employee happens upon what looks like a leopard shark thrashing in the grass.

So this shark walks onto a golf course …

That’s probably not how it happened, but a janitor passing by the San Juan Hills Golf Club’s 12th tee box on Monday came upon a live shark thrashing in the grass just the same.

Not exactly the stuff of Saturday Night Live – Land Shark, anyone? – this little guy, possibly a leopard shark, was spotted and only 2 feet long.

The golf course is about 4 miles inland.

According to NBC News in San Diego, the shark had two puncture wounds, so staff believes a more credible story is that a predatory bird snatched it, then lost it shortly before dinner time.

With the shark still alive, the employee put it in the back of his golf cart and drove to the clubhouse, where it was dipped in some fresh water just to get a soak – employees weren’t sure a shark would survive in fresh water, Operations Director Melissa McCormack told The Capistrano Dispatch

With time being of the essence, the shark was quickly transported to the ocean just off Dana Point, the Dispatch reported.

“It had a little blood on it, but it was still alive,” McCormack told the Dispatch. “We didn’t want to waste any time. Poor guy, he got dropped onto a golf course.”


Scott Schmitt October 25, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Was Greg Norman on the course?
Mike Proctor October 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Good one Scott
Dusty W Otero October 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Poor guy lol he would be in the frying pan at my house...and he maybe fell out of a truck headed to the galley lol
Sue Holden October 26, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Sure he wasn't a Tiger shark?
Matt Gaffney October 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
The person who found the shark is a Course Marshal. Capo's own Happy Hunn our town Patriarch.


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