Something fishy in Miami: Dead shark left in street

MIAMI — A brown nurse shark found dead on a street Tuesday night has been returned to its natural habitat.

"The shark was disposed of back into the water," said Officer Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "If a shark would die in the wild, it would be consumed by all the fish in the water."

Investigators on Wednesday worked to find out who left the shark in the roadway — apparently after unsuccessful attempts to sell the shark at a nearby fish market.

It was unclear how long the shark was dead before it was left on Northwest Fifth Avenue near Fourth Street.

The shark had been there since at least 7 p.m. Tuesday, witnesses said, but police said they first received a call about 9 p.m.

"It was a relief that it was a shark," said Keith Smith, a local resident. "When I first saw it, I thought it was a body because of all the shootings that have been going on. I was surprised and happy because of my concern for human life."