Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Dramatic video captures great white shark trapped on California beach

Dramatic video captures great white shark trapped on California beach

Good Samaritans try to help stranded great white shark The shark was stranded Friday afternoon near Pleasure Point.

On Friday, a gathering of almost 50 people crowded the shorelines to watch the shark, according to the Mercury News. The animal appeared to be in the shallow water with its body fully out of the water. The Pelagic Shark Research Foundation was called to assist in rescue attempts.

A professional surfer posted photos to Instagram Friday showing a shark in a shallow reef in Santa Cruz.

Van Sommeran said he was dispatched by officials from California Fish and Wildlife. "When I got closer, it was clearly a shark. It was aimless", Sean Van Sommeran told the affiliate. He said he also believes the shark is sick.

Stranded whales are more common than a stranded shark, and a stranded great white is even rarer.

Rescuers were supposed to check on the shark again today, but its survival seems unlikely, according to the affiliate.

The exact cause of death will not be clear until a formal necropsy is completed. Shwartz saw the animal during his regular walk at East Cliff Drive about 5:15 p.m. Friday. The caller had concerns for the safety of a growing crowd getting too close to photograph the shark.

"There's been over 100 dead this year in San Francisco, San Mateo, Oakland and Berkeley Aquatic Park", Van Sommeran said.

John O'Sullivan, director of collections for Monterey Bay Aquarium, said sharks have not won the appeal that people have for marine mammals.

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