LAGRANGEVILLE, New York — We’re going to need a bigger boat.
New York state officials seized seven live sharks found swimming in a 15-foot, above-ground pool in a basement of a home nearly 100 miles from the ocean.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said they got a tip someone was harboring illegal wildlife in the home in Lagrangeville. When they raided the home on Aug. 23, they found seven live sandbar sharks, as well as two dead leopard sharks and a dead hammerhead shark.
Officials said the sharks all measured between two- and four-feet long and were kept in the 15-foot diameter pool.
It is believed the sharks were being raised to be sold as exotic pets which is illegal in New York.
Wildlife experts from aquariums in New York City and on Long Island, assessed the sharks’ conditions, took their blood and transferred them to a specially outfitted transport truck. They were then driven to an aquarium in Riverhead, New York where they will be held until the case is closed. They are expected to survive.
No arrests have been made, but authorities are still investigating.