CATHAM, MA (WVUE) - A great white shark that became stranded on a Cape Cod beach now swims free thanks to beachgoers who kept the shark wet until rescuers arrived.
The shark, a 7-foot male juvenile, beached itself in the South Beach area of Chatham, Massachusetts on Monday. He was allegedly trying to catch seagulls on the sandbar, according to a witness who recorded the rescue. The shark became stranded as the tide went out, according to an Associated Press report.
Video shows beachgoers keeping the shark wet until rescuers arrived. The shark is splashed with buckets of water as it writhes in the sand.
Officials arriving on the scene tied a line to the shark's rear fin and slowly towed the shark back out to sea.
Harbormaster Stuart Smith tells the Associated Press that nearly 40 people were crowded around the shark when he arrived and it appeared dead. However, officials say the shark was tagged and released back in the water.