A part-time coastguard was left stunned after finding a shark had fallen from the sky and landed in his back garden.
James Hill, 26, was making a cup of tea in the kitchen when his father, Colin, 59, alerted him to the two-foot long, small-spotted catshark lying lifeless on Thursday lunchtime.
The pair, who live in Whitstable, close to the Kent coastline, believe the shark was picked up by an over-ambitious seagull that dropped it mid-flight.
Jaws-dropping: James Hill, 26, from Whitstable, Kent, found this small-spotted catshark
James, an engineer and part-time coastguard, said: ‘I had been making a cup of tea when my dad came in looking a bit perplexed.
‘He said to me: ‘What’s the British shark commonly found in the UK – the shark that is two foot long and has a sloped nose? Because there’s one in the back garden’.
‘I was really shocked.
‘My feet are size ten, so this beast is a good two feet long.
Some-fin of a surprise: The creature, seen lying in the Hill’s garden, measured around two feet
‘The fella was still in pretty good condition, but had been dead for a couple of days. I prodded it before carrying on with the day.
‘It’s just the silliest thing to try and explain to someone: ‘Oh yeah, I was making a cup of tea and a shark fell from the sky into my garden.
Small-spotted catsharks live in shallow water and are common around the British coast
‘Luckily it’s only a smaller species.
‘I think it had been picked up by an ambitious cormorant, which dropped it.
‘The bird’s neck probably hurt or it has been hassled by gulls and let go.’
Small-spotted catfish are shallow-water sharks with a slender body, blunt head and sandpaper-like skin.
James Hill (front), with his father, Colin, were left gobsmacked by their unusual discovery
It has two dorsal fins located at the tail end of their body and feeds on crustaceans, mollusks and fish.
The species is common across the globe, residing off the coasts of Norway, the British Isles south to Senegal and in the Mediterranean.