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Shark Found Dead In Clovis Irrigation Canal

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Witnesses snapped pictures of a leopard shark found in a Clovis canal on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Witnesses snapped pictures of a leopard shark found in a Clovis canal on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

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CLOVIS, Calif. (CBS13) – Fresno County residents made a bizarre discovery Tuesday in a canal near Clovis, authorities said.

The Clovis Police Department said animal control officers were notified by a Clovis Transit bus driver who saw a crowd gathering at a canal near Santa Ana Avenue and Minnewawa Avenue around noon Tuesday.

When the bus driver returned along the route a few minutes later, he saw that a shark had been removed from the water and was the focus of a number of camera-wielding witnesses.

Animal control officers said the three-and-a-half foot long leopard shark appeared to have been dead for a few days and may have been someone’s pet.

Leopard sharks are native to California coastlines but require cool salt water to survive.

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