A beached great white shark is a rare occurrence in New England. Imagine the shock that beachgoers experienced Monday, when the receding tide revealed a beached seven-foot great white shark on the coast of Massachusetts.
Thankfully for the shark, that shock turned to swift action -- concerned bystanders poured water on the animal until authorities arrived with a small boat that was used to return the shark to the water. Much of the initial dramatic rescue was caught on camera by Mike Bartel:
The shark, however, wasn't quite out of the woods yet. A team of state researchers (including friend of Shark Week Dr. Greg Skomal) had to tow the shark a mile offshore before it was able to swim away on its own:
It's still unclear how the shark's extended out-of-water experience will impact its health in the long term. "If it survives, that's just amazing," Skomal told the Providence Journal.
Before releasing the shark, Skomal and his team outfitted the animal with a satellite tag that will allow them to track its future movement.