by Margaret M. | January 1, 2018 11:08 am
Twice in one week, a conservancy group is posting photos of sharks who are washing ashore on Cape Cod after freezing to death in the ocean.
Posting on Facebook, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said that on the morning of December 27th, they were called to handle two sharks, both threshers, who were found on the Cape in Massachusetts. According to the experts:
“Both of these male sharks were nearly the same size and likely stranded due to cold shock.”
Threshers are common in this location and the group says it is likely that the animals were stuck inside the Cape Cod Bay looking for warmer waters, but the sudden cold shock trapped them there, because outside the bay, it was even colder. The thresher shark eats schooled fish along with squid and cuttlefish and are listed as vulnerable to extinction. They are hunted for their skin, meat, liver and as an ingredient in shark fin soup. One of my acquaintances is a shark researcher at a local university and she has gone far enough to try shark fin soup to see if the delicacy she was protesting was even any good and reported it to taste like nothing.
According to comments by the conservancy, they removed the head from the animal so that they could examine its brain later.
The weather outside is frightful, but the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is always on call! Working with Massachusetts…
Posted by Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Then, on Friday, a third thresher shark was found frozen to death on Cape Cod. Right now, the animal is frozen solid and must be thawed to fully determine cause of death, but the conservancy maintains that it is likely they were “moving to the south with the warmer water and got caught in the hook of Cape Cod.”
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy responded to a third thresher shark this afternoon in Brewster near Cape Cod Sea…
Posted by Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Friday, December 29, 2017
Sharks on Cape Cod aren’t uncommon and one seven-foot male shark that was stranded near the South Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts was caught on camera by beachgoers who were attempting to keep it alive long enough to be returns to the sea. The shark was stranded when the tide went out and footage shows people splashing buckets of water on to the animal while waiting for experts to attach a line to one of its fins so it would be pulled back out to the deep by the harbormaster. In all, it took about an hour to get the male back to its home. Apparently, he was too greedy looking for seagulls and didn’t notice that he was losing water depth.
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