Police say a marine biologist identified a shark that washed ashore Thursday as a 5 1/2 foot Sand Tiger Shark. Initial witness reports suggested it was closer to seven feet.
It happened at milepost 7.5 at Kill Devil Hills around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Keith Guzy from Luray, Virginia told WITN News that a couple of people saw the shark in the surf and a lifeguard thought it was a dolphin.
Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue tell us the shark was likely caught offshore and the line had been cut. The shark was rolling around in the water dying, so they pulled it to shore so animal control could remove it.
Guzy says about a hundred people gathered around as authorities took it away on a truck.
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There's no word on what type of shark it was. Tuesday evening a six year old girl was bitten by a shark on Ocracoke Island.