This is the moment a man found a SHARK in his back garden after it fell from the sky while he made a cup of tea.
James Hill, 26, was in the kitchen when dad Colin, 59, alerted him to the two-foot long small-spotted catshark.
Perplexed Colin, an environmental scientist lecturer at Greenwich University, asked: “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.”
The pair live in Whitstable, close the Kent coastline, and believe the shark was picked up by an over-ambitious seagull that dropped it mid-flight.
James, an engineer and part-time coastguard, said: “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 birds 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.
The species is common across the globe, residing off the coasts of Norway, the British Isles south to Senegal and in the Mediterranean.
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