Trisha Lea Coomer of Shepherdsville had heard all about last week’s seemingly false reports of sharks being found in Kentucky. When she and her boyfriend went fishing Saturday, the last fish she expected to see was a shark.
But that’s exactly what she found floating near the edge of Taylorsville Lake in Spencer County.
Coomer, 24, said she waded into the water for a closer look and reached down to pick it up. It looked, felt and smelled like a dead shark, she said.
“It stunk, so I knew it had been dead for a while,” she added.
One of her first thoughts was that someone must have put it there as a prank.
She called the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to report it and left the carcass under a piece of driftwood on the edge of the lake for the department to inspect. She sent them a picture and they responded that it was likely somebody’s prank.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife told LEX 18 it was likely the carcass was a lab specimen, commonly used in high school and college biology classes for dissection.
Coomer later posted photos on her Facebook account to share her strange experience with her 82 friends. She even backed it up with a screenshot of her exchange with the wildlife officials.
As people shared the post, Coomer said she began to receive threatening messages accusing her of making everything up for attention.
She said she should have known people would react the way they have: accusing her of the prank, calling her stupid and even issuing death threats.
“I wish I would’ve never found it, to be honest, because of all the horrible things that came along with it,” Coomer said, adding that she had to turn her phone off to avoid the threatening messages.