Children find shark's head in village stream - 90 miles from nearest beach


A family were shocked to find a severed shark's head in a stream behind their home in Leicestershire.

Kyle and Liam West were playing with their friends in the shallow water in Broughton Astley when they made the gruesome discover. The boys, 11 and eight, screamed as they saw the shark's head in the small brook and they dad Marc came out.

Marc, 38, told the Leicester Mercury: "I heard the kids scream out 'shark!'

"I just laughed, but then I saw the terror on one of the little girls' faces."

He said he prodded the shark with a branch and it just rolled over, showing its sharp teeth.

"We were in the middle of nowhere," Marc added.

"It's not what you would expect to be in a small village stream. The head is the size of a football."

The mysterious discovery was made 90 miles from the nearest coast.

According to the Daily Mirror, Marc contacted the Environment Agency and a spokesperson said: "Broughton Astley is about 90 miles from the nearest coast, so we're fairly confident someone has dumped it there.

"But 'who', is another question. We've never come across anything like this before. It's baffling."

In 2012, a two-foot leopard shark fell from the sky onto a California golf course.

A course marshall found the shark writhing around near the 12th hole at San Juan Hills Golf Club.

The shark was taken back to the clubhouse, where a quick-thinking employee put it into a bucket of salted water.

Cart attendant Bryan Stizer then reportedly used his break to drive the shark about five miles back to the Pacific Ocean.

It is thought that the shark had been caught - and then dropped - by a large bird of prey, such as an osprey or peregrine falcon, as it had two bleeding puncture marks near its dorsal fin.

Director of Club Operations Melissa McCormack told the Capistrano Dispatch: "Honestly, this is the weirdest thing that's happened here."

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