Dead shark left in street after failed sale

July 22, 2009 4:11:30 AM PDT
The body of a shark was left lying in the middle of a Miami street after two men apparently tried to sell it to several fish markets.

Live news footage Tuesday night showed the dead animal in the street with police officers and cruisers nearby. Two stations reported that a pair of men had tried to sell the animal to at least three fish markets for around $10.

Rob Orta, an employee at Casablanca Fish Market, tells a Miami television station that the men offered his business the shark, which was about five feet long.

"But we don't buy sharks off the street," Orta told the station.

Police referred questions to wildlife officials, who didn't return messages from The Associated Press late Tuesday.