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Brentwood police officer's fishy find: Dead sharks in middle of the road

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

July 18. 2018 9:04PM
Three of the four dead sharks found on Pine Road in Brentwood will be disposed of by Fish and Game officials. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)



Three of the four dead sharks found on Pine Road in Brentwood will be disposed of by Fish and Game officials. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

Brentwood police officer George Abele has encountered lots of wildlife while patrolling the streets of Brentwood, but he never expected to find dead sharks.

It wasn’t quite a scene from the 2013 comedy film “Sharknado,” but it was close enough.

Abele was driving along Pine Road Wednesday morning when he noticed something fishy.

“I’ve never seen something like that in the middle of the road in the daytime in Brentwood. It’s something you don’t see every day. Usually you see skunks, porcupines, raccoons and deer,” he said.

Sgt. H.D. Wood IV was driving behind Abele and wondered why he stopped.

“He goes, ‘There are two sharks in the road.’ I had to ask him again. I was like, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Two sharks.’ I had to get out and see for myself,” Wood said.

The sharks were determined to be spiny dogfish sharks, which measure 2 to 3 feet long.

Fish and Game officers were notified and responded a short time later to assist; they found two additional sharks.

Police and Fish and Game officials said they believe the sharks likely fell out of the back of someone’s truck.

Conservation Officer Geoff Pushee said it doesn’t appear that they were intentionally dumped in the road.

“They’re legal fish to catch. There’s nothing illegal other than the dumping aspect, but it was probably just an honest mistake,” he said.

Pushee said it appears the sharks were caught a couple of days ago. While people can eat dog sharks, he said they’re more commonly used for lobster bait.

This was the first shark-in-the-street call for Pushee in his 10 years with Fish and Game. It was also a first for Fish and Game Sgt. Adam Cheney, who’s been with the agency for 19 years.

“I’ve never picked a shark up off the road before,” Cheney said.


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