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Fore! Shark falls from sky onto California golf course

A leopard shark falls from the sky onto a California golf course, likely dropped by a bird of prey.
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This 2-foot-long leopard shark fell from the sky onto a Southern California golf course. (San Juan Hills Golf Club/Courtesy)

It's rainin' sharks (hallelujah) at a golf course in Southern California.

Golfers and employees at the San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano, California, were shocked Monday afternoon after a live, 2-foot-long leopard shark fell from the sky onto the 12th tee.

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Weighing about 2 pounds, the shark was apparently plucked by a bird from the nearby Pacific Ocean and then dropped onto the course, Melissa McCormack, director of club operations, told The Associated Press.

No one was teeing up at the time, but some golfers had just left the area, according to The Telegraph.

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Employees promptly plucked the shark off the course, stuck it in a bucket of "homemade sea water" using sea salt from the kitchen and then snapped a photo of it before releasing it back into the ocean, McCormack said.

The shark didn't move initially, "but then it flipped and took off," she told the AP.

The golf course is currently offering 40 percent off all Greg Norman merchandise in honor of its new celebrity. A pro golfer, Norman is nicknamed "The Shark" for his blond hair, size, aggressive golf style and the shark-inhabited waters of his native Australia.

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