Blue Shark
A blue shark, like this one, was found an hour inland. Image: craa22uk/Flickr/CC BY-SA

A mysterious dead shark has been found where it had no business being. And it is but one of several mysterious events involving the much-feared fish to occur  in the U.S. this year.

A dead blue shark

The 6- to 8-foot carcass of a decomposing blue shark was found Thursday in a rural New Hampshire road by a man who was investigating the pungent odor.

Milton, N.H., resident Lloyd Ellis, whose brother found the carcass, related the incident to local WMUR TV news. “(My brother) happened to smell something that didn’t smell right, like a dead animal or something, and he came across it Thursday night.”

Perhaps dumped by fisherman

Milton is at least an hour away from the ocean shore. Ellis suggested perhaps an unlicensed fisherman caught the shark and later dumped if for fear of trouble from game authorities.

Local authorities are hoping somebody who saw a vehicle parked in that section of the road will come forward. “Unless we have that, it’s going to be hard to develop any leads,” Lt. Richard Krauss of the New Hampshire Fish and Game said.

Not the first strange shark event

This in not the the year’s first mysterious incident involving a dead shark. Last April hundreds of dead leopard sharks were discovered washed up on beaches along the Central California coast from San Mateo to Marin.

Cause still undetermined

Malcolm Smith, a spokesperson for Redwod City authorities, said the sharks suffered from inflammation, bleeding, lesions in the brain, and hemorrhaging from the skin, but the cause of death is still to be determined.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this,” Bill Cox, of the state’s Mammal Marine Center, said. “We’ve had leopard shark mortalities before, but it isn’t a yearly occurrence.”

Samples of the water have been taken to be tested for possible toxicity, but so far not tests have been conclusive.

Dozens wash ashore in Florida

Dozens of dead bonnethead sharks washed ashore in April in Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Fla. Scientists at the Mote Marine Laboratory say the sharks are likely not the victims of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the summer of 2010. Typically, bonnethead sharks do not travel far enough to have been affected by the spill.

“It’s still pretty mysterious,” Communications Coordinator Hayley Rutger said.


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