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Published On: Mon, Aug 2nd, 2010

Shark Swims ashore…again & again? (VIDEO)

“Amazing stuff: WABC 7 has photographs of a sand shark that swam ashore on a Seaside Park, NJ beach. Swimmers were called out of the water around 2:30 p.m. when the 5-foot shark was spotted 10 feet from shore. Seaside Park Beach Control said, “Sand sharks are pretty common because they’re out there all the time feeding on dead fish. This one just happened to come in closer than normal.”

The shark swims ashore before turning and returning to the deep.

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I thought this was pretty unique, but when I researched the story I found all-sorts of incidents:

The basking shark that washed ashore on Long Island, New York, on Tuesday was 26 feet, 6 inches long. News 12 Long Island

July 15, 2009 CNN reports: 5,000 pound shark washes ashore – Long Island!

The male, twenty-six foot basking shark, which weighed an estimated 5,000 pounds and was measured at 26 feet, 6 inches, died shortly after authorities arrived.

I cannot imagine seeing one of these amazing animals, let alone witnessing a basking shark beaching itself. They are so massive, there’s little you could do to move or rescue the creature.

Bizarre and sad all at the same time.

Then I found this story about a shark washing ashore in Corpus Christi, Texas in December 2006

9-Foot, 500-Pound Shark Washes Ashore In Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Beachgoers in Corpus Christi, Texas were in for a big surprise this week when a large shark washed up on shore. Biologists said they don’t know why the nine-foot long Mako shark ended up on shore. They said the shark had died recently, but did not have any visible wounds.The 500-pound shark was taken to a Texas A&M University lab for tests. (http://www.wftv.com/news/10492294/detail.html)

I feel a little more educated.

We’ve all heard about the “beached whales” or seen the famous “Marine Biologist” episode of “Seinfeld” but this was truly enlightening.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/14/new.york.shark.beached/

http://gothamist.com/2010/07/31/sand_shark_decides_to_come_ashore_i.php

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