Dead shark found in desert

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A four-foot long shark has been found in the middle of Mojave desert in the USA.

According to a report from the Hesperia Star, the dead shark, which appears to be a Leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata, was found by neighbours Richard Doornbos and Al Embry.

The shark appeared to have been dumped just a couple of hours before and is believed to have been dumped by someone who had been on a sea fishing trip.

Triakis semifasciata is found in the eastern Pacific off the USA and reaches a size of around 2m/6'6".

The species is a popular sport fish with anglers and is sometimes kept in aquaria.

Given the large size of this specimen it seems unlikely that the fish has been dumped by a fishkeeper.