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This may sound like something from a super villain movie, but it’s happening in real life!

In a home about 75 miles from New York City, police discovered more than a dozen sharks swimming in the homeowner’s basement. The property, located in Lagrangeville, had an above ground pool which held sandbar sharks, leopard sharks as well as a hammerhead shark. Unfortunately, by the time the police made it to the tank, some of the sharks had perished.

Polices officers came to the home after it was suspected that the owners here harboring wildlife. In a report from the Department of Environmental Conservation, they state that seven of the sharks were seized from the property.

The report continues to note that all of the remaining sharks were taken from the property and transported to a local veterinarian. After being assessed at the WCS vet’s office, they were then taken to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.

In the state of New York, it is illegal to have and sell exotic pets. The case is currently under investigation and no charges have currently been made at this time.

A spokeswoman for the aquarium, Darlene Puntillo, told the Huffington Post that the sharks “are young and range from one and a half feet to probably just under four feet, so they are most likely all between one and three years old.”

Puntillo also made note that the sharks are currently doing well. The trainers at the aquarium are trying to teach them to come up to the surface to eat their food. By having the sharks eat like this, the vets can look closer at the shark’s current health status.

Those people who would like to be updated on the shark’s statuses can do so by following the Long Island Aquarium on Twitter. The have posted photos and videos of the shark’s health status. From what we can see, they are doing just swimmingly!


Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp