Great white shark rescued by heroic beachgoers

Shark became beached in Cape Cod

Beachgoers Help Beached Shark Stay Alive
A seven-foot great white shark that washed up on a Cape Cod beach was returned to the ocean on Monday by brave beachgoers.

The male juvenile shark was found on the South Beach area of Chatham, Massachusetts in Cape Cod, reports the Huffington Post.

Shocked people on the beach kept the shark wet until the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy arrived to pull it into the water and release it safely back into the ocean.

Witnesses told the station that the young shark beached itself chasing after a seagull. Their brave efforts ultimately saved the predator from an almost certain death.

Isabelle Hegland, a witness to the ordeal, told CBS Boston: "The shark was stuck there for a while in the sand, so then people got buckets and were trying keep it wet so it could continue to breathe.

"I was a little afraid, but I could tell it wasn't moving anytime soon because the shore was going way out, it was approaching towards low tide so it was becoming increasingly difficult for the shark to keep its gills wet and be able to breathe."

'Vulnerable' species

Sharks are vital to the heath of the ocean and to the sustainability of the marine food chain. If they were to disappear, coral reefs would be severely affected.

Great white sharks are listed as "vulnerable" (one step above endangered) by the World Wildlife Fund.

They are the largest predatory fish on Earth and can grow up to 20 feet in size. The highly adapted predators have also got up to 300 sharp angled triangular teeth.