It started as a call to Kat Country 103 Tuesday morning, with someone reporting that there was a shark on a rural Tracy road.
Animal control officers soon showed up near Chrisman and W Schulte roads, finding that police were already on scene.
There, lying on the center median, was a dead shark.
Authorities deduced that it had probably only been out there for about an hour, since it had not been run over by any other cars – the roadway it was found on being a heavily traveled by truckers.
Fish hook marks were found near the shark’s mouth, suggesting that the shark was a fresh catch from the bay that had either fallen out of a truck, or was tossed out.
Animal control brought the shark back to their shelter and placed it in the freezer. They said they have seen 200 pound tortoises and a seal that walked up to their office, but not a shark.
The shark will be collected later in the week by the company that handles the shelters’ cremations.
Carlos Rodriguez contributed to this report.