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A large shark appears to have crashed through the roof of a house in Headington, Oxford, England. The 25-foot (7.6-meter) long fiberglass sculpture was erected in 1986, on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb.

"The shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation," said homeowner Bill Heine. "It is saying something about CND [the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament], nuclear power, Chernobyl, and Nagasaki."

Neighbors tried to force Heine to remove the shark, but after an appeal to Britain's Secretary of State for the Environment, it was allowed to remain.

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Photograph by Jeffrey L. Rotman/CORBIS

Captions by Stentor Danielson, National Geographic News

Brower, Kenneth. Realms of the Sea. National Geographic Books, 1991.
Shark Research Program at the Florida Museum of Natural History
NOAA Fisheries Shark Web Site
National Aquarium in Baltimore
The Shark Trust
International Shark Campaign

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