A dead, eight-foot-long blue shark turned up on Thursday in a forest in New Hampshire, confusing residents in a community roughly 25 miles from the ocean. A man discovered the shark after investigating a rotting smell close to route 125 in Milton, near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Killing blue sharks, a threatened species, is illegal. It is likely that a fisherman caught the shark, then dumped the carcass to avoid a fine. An estimated 10- to 20-million blue sharks are killed each year, many accidentally. Police in Milton have decided to let the shark continue decomposing.
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