Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the garden…
A man had a bit of a fright when a shark fell from the sky into his back garden while he was making a cup of tea.
James Hill, 26, was in the kitchen last Thursday when his father Colin, 59, told him about the two-foot long small-spotted catshark in the back yard.
The father and son, who live in Whitstable, close to the Kent coastline, think the shark was lifted up by a seagull and dropped mid-flight.
James, an engineer and part-time coastguard, said: “I had been making a cup of tea in the kitchen when my dad came in looking a bit perplexed.
“He said to me: ‘What’s the British shark commonly found in the UK – the shark that is two foot long and has a slopey nose? Because there’s one in the back garden’.
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“I was really shocked. My feet are size ten so this beast is a good two foot long.
“The fella was still in pretty good condition but had been dead for a couple of days.
“I prodded it for a bit before carrying on with the day.
“It’s just the silliest thing to try and explain to someone: ‘Oh yeah, I was making a cup of tea and a shark fell from the sky into my garden.
“Luckily it’s only a smaller species. I think it has been picked up by an ambitious cormorant who has dropped it.
“The bird’s neck probably hurt or it has been hassled by gulls and let go.”
The small-spotted catfish are small, shallow-water sharks with a slender body, a blunt head and sandpaper-like skin.
Its two dorsal fins are located at the tail end of the body and crustaceans, mollusks and fish are their main prey.