Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 8th, 2011
Locals in the small town of Milton, New Hampshire are trying to figure out how a six-foot shark ended up in the region’s woods. Floyd Ellis told local station WMUR that his brother found the decomposing blue shark on Thursday. The closest ocean beach is a 45-minute drive away, so authorities think fishers without a license may have caught it there and then dumped it in the woods to decompose when they realized they might get in trouble for the catch. Miltonites at a local pond told the station they had never heard of anything like it.
One man suggested that the incident was likely a real-world extension of the Discovery Channel’s annual summer roundup of shark-themed programming.
“It’s totally Shark Week,” the man said.
Thanks to Marvin Pine for the news tip.
Andy Finkle sends along a new photo (above) and another news treatment (here).
The blue shark (Prionace glauca) is a species of requiem shark, family Carcharhinidae, that inhabits deep waters in the world’s temperate and tropical oceans. Preferring cooler waters, blue sharks migrate long distances, for example from New England to South America. They are not known to inhabit the waters of inland New Hampshire, however.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.