Beachgoers in Chatham, Mass helped to save an approximately 7-foot male great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) that beached itself while it tried to catch seagulls June 13. According to WFSB.com, the shark was trying to catch seagulls in the waters off the beach when it got stuck as the tide went out.
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The beachgoers noticed the shark stuck on the sandbar and went to work keeping its skin and gills wet with buckets of sea water.
This juvenile great white shark was chasing seagulls when he became stranded after the tide went out. Here the Harbor Patrol is reviving him for release. Screengrab courtesy Mike Barte/YouTube
When officials with the state wildlife agency came on the scene, they attached a rope to the shark’s tail and towed it to the shoreline where they continued attempts to revive it. The shark was tagged and released back into the water, according to Harbormaster Stuart Smith.