September 1, 2008
Amongst the Treetops
n Traverse City, Mich.
There's no telling what might turn up in Lake Michigan.
Rich Fasi of Traverse City says he found a dead 2-foot shark in the water while fishing on West Grand Traverse Bay on Wednesday.
The saltwater fish was a juvenile blacktip shark, George Burgess, director of the Florida Program For Shark Research at the University of Florida, told the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Mark Tonello, a fisheries biologist from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said someone might have caught the shark off the Atlantic Coast and kept it on ice while bringing it to northern Michigan.
Another possibility is that the dead shark was dumped by someone who had kept it as a pet, Tonello said.
* East Windsor, Conn.
A 1930s biplane glided to a crash landing in the tops of a stand of trees on Sunday, stranding the pilot and his passenger amid the branches for several hours.
No one was injured, said Michael Koczera, manager of the Skylark Airpark.
The single-engine de Havilland Tiger Moth apparently lost power about 200 feet from the runway after taking off from the airport, said Jim Peters of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Koczera said the plane came to rest in the trees above 50 feet above the ground.
"When he ran out of airspace, he landed on top of a tree," Koczera said. "We're not talking about a big airplane. It's a fabric (covered) plane, probably weighs about 1,000 pounds."
A tree surgeon joined the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter and members of the local fire department in rescuing the stranded aviators, Koczera said.
"The tree person was able to climb the tree and set up some kind of a pulley arrangement where they could remove the people by rope and tackle," Koczera said.
The plane was expected to remain in the trees until a crane can be brought in on Tuesday, he said.
The names of the pilot and passenger were not released. Koczera said both are members of a club, Tiger Moth Drivers LLC, that flies the biplane out of Springfield, Mass.
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