POLICE: OBX Shark Identified As Sand Tiger Shark

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.

To view pictures of the shark, click on the PHOTOS tab at the top of the story.

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.


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  • by Nanette Location: Altoona, PA on Jul 24, 2011 at 07:15 PM
    You can't really say what happened unless you were there and believe it or not, my family was there last week when it happened. The kids were on the beach building a sand castle when a lady came up to them and told them to move back because of a shark. Well of course we checked it out and sure enough, the shark was flipping around in the freezing ocean - was 55 degree water that day. After about 15 minutes, the lifeguard and probably two or three men helped her get the shark out of the water. It was still flipping around and bleeding with a fishing line coming out of his mouth. It probably laid there for about 30 minutes until animal control came and got it. There was nothing anyone could do but just watch. State police were there but nothing could be done to save the shark or put the shark out of misery - too many people watching. All and all, it was a great day at the beach, not many of us get to see a shark up close from a foot away.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    keep humans on the dirt where they belong
  • by Anonymous Location: IBX on Jul 23, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    I have looked and looked at your picture... it appears to be neither dolphin nor shark to me. Perhaps it is the wing of a ray that has been tossed up by the breakers? Not totally sure, but awesome picture!
  • by K8 Location: Virginia Beach on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    Sand Tigers are protected in NC. I see them on the wrecks all the time and they don't bother you. One much bigger than that swam passed me so close I could see fish in her teeth. The ocean has sharks in it, how is this news??!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    because they are big chickens and sharks LOVE chicken
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      by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:19 PM in reply to
      does that mean sharks eat a lot of tuna cause tuna is the chicken of the sea haha
  • by I mean Really on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    I wish have our world realizes the ocean is a sharks home! Also, wish people would learn a dolphin is a MAHI-MAHI! "Flipper" was a porpoise, Sea World has porpoises, not dolphin
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      by Burnt! on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to I mean Really
      Everyone is not a Marine Biologist like you so calm down buddy. Its just a shark.
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        by K8 on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:23 PM in reply to Burnt!
        Those particular sharks are Federally protected.
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        by Brad on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:56 PM in reply to Burnt!
        Nor is everyone a stunted, ignorant dis interested moron. Try learning something instead of shooting your mouth off. 'It's just a shark...' Idiot.
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          by Burnt! on Jul 23, 2011 at 08:28 AM in reply to Brad
          Glad I asked!!!!
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          by Burnt! on Jul 23, 2011 at 08:42 AM in reply to Brad
          And for the record B-Rad, I am neither ignorant, disinterested or stunted, whatever that means. I have a college degree in civil engineering so I've apparently learned a lot in my college years. Apparently you didn't pay attention in English class because "dis interested" is spelled disinterested. Once again, Burnt!! Have a great day.
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      by US-First on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:09 PM in reply to I mean Really
      Actually Dolphin the fish is also referred to as Mahi-Mahi by our south american neighbors. There is also a mammal called a dolphin. And yes Sea World has mammals called dolphin. They also have an exhibit called the Dolphin Exhibit which includes these mammals.
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        by Fishy character on Jul 23, 2011 at 12:06 PM in reply to US-First
        Just a minor correction here, "Mahi-Mahi" originates from the native Hawai'ian language for dolphin fish. The Spanish name for the same fish is "Dorado".
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      by Sarah on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to I mean Really
      I was going to ignore this comment, but I would hate for unwitting tourists to picket seafood restaurants. Mahi Mahi is a fish, meaning it uses gills to "breathe" oxygen in water. It is commonly known as "dolphin" but is not the same as the marine mammal, so if you see "dolphin" on a menu or fishing report, what you'll get is Mahi. Marine mammals use lungs to breathe at the surface, and the animal "Flipper" is a dolphin. Dolphins and porpoises are both marine mammals in the order Cetacea, but are not necessarily in the same sub-order or phylum. Also, none of the Sea World locations list porpoises on their website, but all have dolphins. I'm not a marine biologist, I just know how to use Google. :)
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        by Fish Character on Jul 23, 2011 at 06:02 PM in reply to Sarah
        Ok, just so everyone is clear on this: dolphins = porpoises = flipper = mammals and mahi-mahi = dorado = dolphin (fish) = the stuff you put on sushi and is yummy. ;) You're not likely to ever see a mahi-mahi at the beach. They are "pelagic" fish, meaning they live in very deep water. You may, if you're lucky, see a dolphin (the Hawai'ian's call them "nai'a") at the beach. They typically hunt for food and play in the surf as they cruise up and down the shoreline. You will rarely see sharks (Hawaiians call them "mano") at the beach, but they're there. They typically cruise along the bottom looking for easy prey.
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      by US-First on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:12 PM in reply to I mean Really
      Their are also apparently 32 types of Dolphin mammals in salt water and 5 species that live in fresh water!. http://dolphins-and-more.com/what-are-the-32-types-of-dolphins.html
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      by Chris on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:13 PM in reply to I mean Really
      Dude are you kidding me? Are you seriously trying to educate people with untrue information? A dolphin and a Mahi-Mahi are two totally different species ! The Mahi Mahi is in the Coryphaenidae family otherwise its related to Pompano. Also dolphin and porpoises are MAMMALS, and they are in the Cetaceans family, otherwise related to whales and no dolphin and porposises are not the same they are two seperate animals with different charateristics. Mahi Mahi/Dorado is a fish and very fun to catch and eat ! If you are gonna tell it, tell the truth. And no I'm not a Biologists I am a fisherman !
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        by clint on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:14 PM in reply to Chris
        Dolphin is a fish Mo. The Hawians call it Mahi and South Americans call it Dorado. Most restaurants use Mahi to avoid having the ignorant confuse it with the mammal also called Dolphin. If you're gonna rant be right, otherwise shut up. It appears the original poster doesn't know there is a mammal and a fish named Dolphin either. Tight lines to ya!
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        by lestat on Aug 11, 2011 at 10:17 PM in reply to Chris
        well said. people are dumber than fish
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      by K8 on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:25 PM in reply to I mean Really
      Actually isn't "Flipper" a Common Dolphin? Porpoise are cousins of Dolphin (the mammals)
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Why is everyone standing back from the shark by like 50 yards? Last I heard they could not walk on land. Is their a line on the sand or something?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Well, the thing is, Toni, if you plan to kill everything that MIGHT cause a threat to you or your child (even if it is unlikely...how many kids do you hear about that die from snake bites every year?), you have a lot of killing to do. How about teenage drivers? They are a REAL danger to you and your kids. Should we kill 'em off instead of giving them a license at 16?
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      by rich hinckley on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to
      - Aug 31, 1958 Monterey, young mother caught a seven foot blue shark by the tail in the surf Sat urday. Mrs. Frank Maceira was at the beach with her two small children, ...got a board off the beach and beat the shark to death! as you can see this is nothing new!
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      by Ok on Jul 22, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to
      Sharks can still bite you even out of the water duhh
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      by Toni on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:02 PM in reply to
      Theres a big difference between a snake and teenage drivers. Your comment is moronic. Not all teenage drivers are a danger but a poisonous snake is a constant threat. I as well as my husband have almost stepped on them walking off the porch. Its not like our yard is overrun by them we see a few here and there so when I see them I kill them. Just because you dont hear about them dying doesnt mean kids getting bitten doesnt happen a lot more often than people think. In the area I live in its more common to be bit by a snake than have a teenage driver hit me. Anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle is a potential danger no matter their skill level because things happen you cant for see thats why most of the time they are called accidents. Would you leave a poisonous snake alone to possibly bit someone if its near your house or childrens playthings?
  • by Mike Location: Pantego on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    If only we would act so quick with our gang/drug problems. A shark is swimming in his enviroment doing what he was desinged to do and as usall man comes along and tries to destroy them because they COULD POSSIABLY harm someone. Yet we have hundreds of thousands of gang members runing the streets killing and robbing there fellow man and we run the other way or turn a blind eye to them.Maybe if we treated them the way we treat snakes or violent dogs or sharks we wouldnt be where we are now. We need to Leave Mothernature alone and deal with mankind and we would be better off.
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      by Penny on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM in reply to Mike
      Excellent points of interest Mike! If more people would let go of selfishness, power, and greed the world would definitely be a better place.
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        by Horrible point on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:53 AM in reply to Penny
        Read the story - it was dying. Penny, what is worse your supporting that non-sensical rant or Mike making it.
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          by Penny on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to Horrible point
          Yes, the news says it was dying. But it doesn't say why it was dying. It could be dying from sustained injuries from fishermen, and cutting the line. Based on this story, that's how I read it. I continue to say great points Mike.
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      by porkchop on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:33 PM in reply to Mike
      Mike for President. Horrible Point already has a fast food job.
  • by Richard Hinckley on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    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.
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      by but but but on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:34 PM in reply to Richard Hinckley
      What was its gang affiliation?! Do not hide this from the public, we need to know!!
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