Officials make bizarre discovery: a basement swimming pool full of sharks

In one of the more bizarre cases of people harboring illegal wildlife, environmental officers executing a search warrant on a home in New York's Hudson Valley discovered a basement swimming pool full of sharks.

Seven sandbar sharks were found swimming in the 15-foot-diameter above-ground pool at the house in LaGrange in Dutchess County. Officials also found three dead sharks: a hammerhead and two leopard sharks, according to the Daily Freeman and Albany Times-Union.

Seven live sandbar sharks were discovered in a basement swimming pool of a New York home. Photo: Courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which announced the Aug. 23 discovery on Wednesday, was investigating allegations that someone was harboring illegal wildlife. The homeowner's name and address were not disclosed and no arrests were made, but the investigation is ongoing.

The live sharks ranged between 18 and 36 inches with one measuring more than 48 inches. A veterinarian from the Wildlife Conservation Society assessed the condition of the sharks, which were caught, measured, tagged and put into oxygenated tanks and transported to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.

The illegally kept sharks were seized and the investigation is ongoing. Photo: Courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The sharks will be held until the case is closed.

A Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman told the Daily Freeman that the sharks are doing well.

h/t Gothamist

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