Rare 5-foot blue shark found dead on beach shore

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People were shocked as this type of shark is uncommon to be found in shallow waters.

In Scotland, a five-foot-long rare shark, which is known for swimming in very deep waters, was discovered washed up on a beach.

A citizen, who was walking his dog, was surprised upon seeing the giant fish on Tentsmuir Beach in Tayside on Monday. He immediately reported to the experts his discovery.

The experts were shocked by the fish as they revealed that it was a blue shark.

Blue sharks normally inhabit very deep waters in seas across the world from South America to Norway but are very rarely found near shorelines.


Scientists recovered the shark's corpse to find out why it was washed ashore according to Doctor Andrew Brownlow, from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.

“It it is a deep water species which only occasionally comes close to shore,” he explained.


“The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme investigates cetaceans, seals, turtles and basking shark and as such we do not have remit or funding to investigate other shark species, however we are going to see if we can get this recovered to see if we can learn a little more about what happened," he continued.

“It is possible the animal swam onto the beach alive and died, or it could be ill or have been a victim of bycatch,” Dr. Brownlow concluded.


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