A live shark was dumped on the doorstep of an Australian newspaper earlier this week, and no one -- not the journalists, not the police -- knows why. "We've got no idea to what motive is behind this event," Matt Neal, a journalist with the Warrnambool Standard, told the Australia Broadcasting Corporation.
The discovery was made Wednesday night, when a passer-by called police after midnight. Warrnambool is on the coast, about three and a half hours' drive southwest of Melbourne.
The shark, identified as a Port Jackson, was more than 2 feet long and had poisonous spikes. It was relaxed enough that police were able to carry it back to the water without any injuries from the dangerous tips.
"Police say they've seen a lot of weird things," Neal said, "but nothing like this before."
Authorities vowed to charge the person who left shark with animal cruelty.
Port Jackson sharks can grow up to 5.5 feet long and typically feed on crustaceans, sea urchins, and fish. They are nocturnal and common across Australia's southeast coast.
Read the full story from Australia's ABC News.