Shark falls from sky onto California golf course

This photo taken Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 and released by the San Juan Hills Golf Club shows a leopard shark that dropped out of the sky on the 12th tee at the San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. The 2-pound shark was apparently plucked from the ocean by a bird, then dropped on the course, still alive, Melissa McCormack, director of club operations, said Thursday, Oct. 25. A course marshal took the shark to the clubhouse, put it in a bucket of water and eventually returned it to the ocean, whereupon it swam away. (AP Photo/San Juan Hills Golf Club, Melissa McCormack)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - Golf club employees in Southern California came to the rescue when a shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.

San Juan Hills Golf Club operations director Melissa McCormack says a course marshal found the leopard shark Monday afternoon and brought it to the clubhouse. It had puncture wounds where it appeared a bird had snagged it from the Pacific Ocean, about five miles (eight kilometres) away.

They stuck the approximately 2-pound (1-kilogram) shark into fresh water before somebody remembered it came from the sea, so they got some sea salt from the kitchen and mixed it in.

Another employee rushed the shark to the ocean where McCormack says it was very still for a few seconds before twisting around and speeding off.