Wildlife officials in Florida are hot on the case after a live shark was found in a swimming pool in Palm Beach earlier today. 

Reports say two men were seen running from the area after apparently dumping the five-foot (1.5 metre) blacktip shark into the pool. "We're not releasing any photos or additional information just yet, because it's still an active investigation," the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) told us. "We'll be updating you as the story unfolds."

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Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) are common in Florida seas and estuaries, and are famed for the large schools they form off the coast during their annual migration south.

Wildlife officials managed to remove the shark from the pool and released it into a nearby waterway. The next step will be to analyse footage from video surveillance cameras for clues about the culprits' identities.  

Strange as this incident may be, it's not the first time we've seen something like this unfold. Just last year, a rarely seen baby whale shark was found in a swimming pool in the Maldives!

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