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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/09/2011

Dead shark found in New Hampshire woods


A blue shark. (NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE)
A blue shark was found in the woods outside a small New Hampshire town — dead. The closest salt water is an hour away, and no one knows how it got there.

Local resident Lloyd Ellis said his brother (who was not identified in the report) came upon the six foot, eight inch creature Thursday night when he smelled something rotten, WMUR reported. Police and wildlife officials were called to the scene, and decided that it was best to let the shark rot in the woods. We’ve asked the New Hampshire Fish and Game officer who investigated the incident for comment and will update the post when we get it.

In the meantime, Ellis gave a (likely) theory about how the shark came to be in the Milton woods. And I’ve got a few of my own.

1) A fisherman discarded it: “I can only think that either someone didn't have a license, because you have to have a license to fish in the ocean, and was going to bring it home,” Ellis said. “And someone said, ‘Hey dude, you need a license to fish in the ocean,’ or something like that so, panicking, they probably said, ‘Well I guess we've got to get rid of the evidence.’ ”

This seems reasonable enough. But one must wonder, if a person has the tools and know-how to catch a shark, why would they not have a license?

2) It’s “Shark Week”: “This is awesome. I love it. It is totally ‘Shark Week,’ it’s perfect timing,” Milton resident Peter Jacobs told WMUR. Jacobs was, of course, referring to the Discovery Channel’s annual week of programming devoted to the shark. Was the culprit horrified by “Shark Week” and took revenge on the blue shark? Or — even worse — is this a marketing ploy gone wrong? (I think I can safely say that last one’s probably not true.)

3) The shark went “Donnie Darko” on us: (This theory comes courtesy of BlogPost’s Melissa Bell.) Bear with me here. A traveling aquarium, transporting its rich marine exhibition via carrier plane, mistakenly dropped one of its passengers out of the sky. The poor shark wound up plummeting to earth. The rest of the cast of Marine Park on the Move mourns the loss of the star of the show.

4) Of course, it could have been the dreaded Land Shark!

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Sadly, we’ll probably never know how the shark really got to its final resting place. Do you have any theories? Share them in the comments.

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