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24-foot shark washes up on LI beach

July 14, 2009 3:31:07 PM PDT
There was an unusual sighting on a beach on Long Island Tuesday morning when a live shark washed ashore on Gilgo Beach in Suffolk County.Unfortunately, the 24-foot basking shark later died.

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Officials say the shark was not dangerous, despite its size. It first appeared around 9 a.m.

Surfers catching a wave spotted the animal flailing and thought it might be a surf board. Instead, they found the distressed shark.

The surfers dialed 911, and wildlife officials rushed to the aid of shark. They were unable to save the animal.

New York State Parks official George Gorman said Tuesday that researchers will examine the shark to determine a cause of death. After that, it will be buried in nearby sand dunes on the beach.


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