CHATHAM, Mass. – Beachgoers helped keep a stranded juvenile great white shark on a beach in Chatham, Massachusetts on Monday until rescuers could drag it back out to sea.
“There was no way for the shark to get to where it could swim, so it just kept flapping and moving over,” Kelly Skanell told WCVB.
Reports say the shark became stuck on the beach as it tried to reach a seagull. It couldn’t flip over or go anywhere, so people poured water on it to try to keep it alive until the Harbor Patrol could get there.
The 7-foot male was dragged by rope attached to a boat driven by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Division of Marine Fisheries and Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith and freed one mile off shore.
Here’s video of what happened once rescuers took it out to sea.