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Third Shark Strands on Cape Cod Beach, Likely Due to Cold Shock

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    Chasing, Tracking Sharks on Cape Cod

    A team of shark-lovers hits the waves to track and catalog the sharks that enter Massachusetts waters. (Published Monday, Aug. 6, 2018)

    The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy responded to a shark stranding Friday afternoon in Brewster near Cape Cod Sea Camps.

    The thresher male, around 14 feet in length, was too frozen to attempt a necropsy.

    The shark was hauled off the beach and is currently thawing at NOAA Fisheries Service to be dissected later.

    PHOTOS: Three Sharks Strand on Cape Cod BeachPHOTOS: Three Sharks Strand on Cape Cod Beach

    This is the third shark stranding this week. On December 27, the AWSC team, working with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and NOAA Fisheries Service, responded to two thresher shark standings along the Cape. 

    Both were male sharks, nearly the same size, and likely stranded due to cold shock. Morphometric data, organs, and tissue samples were collected to be examined. 

    The team at the AWSC says responding to sharks on the beach is difficult but always rewarding, whether they are responding to a deceased or living shark. 

    If you spot something strange on the beach, you can always send a message to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and if you'd like to donate items they need for their shark stranding response kit, visit their wishlist here.

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