VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (KTRK) -- A home in an ocean front neighborhood has become the talk of the town after the family who lives there found a shark in their backyard.
The 13-inch dogfish shark, often referred to as a sand shark, was found in the middle of their wooded backyard.
"The kids found it, and they came upstairs and they were all excited and said, 'We found a shark in the backyard,'" Sue Bowser told WAVY-TV.
Bowser knows the shark didn't walk or swim there. She believes it fell from the sky, likely the result of a bird losing its grip on the shark.
"There's a little mark on his side where the talons probably went in, and it's a little bloody on the side where the talons had poked him," Bowser told WAVY-TV. "Hopefully not too many more will be falling from the sky."
Bowswer plans to keep the shark in the freezer for a few more weeks to show off to her friends. She hasn't decided if they'll then bury the animal or toss it out with the garbage.
Shark falls from sky, lands in Virginia Beach family's backyard