2005-07-01 / Front Page

Washed Up Shark Bit The Dust

A dead Blue shark – about 6 feet in length – caused a stir on Beach 140 Street Tuesday when it washed in close to the shoreline and was dragged out of the water by a beachgoer. The belly of the deep-sea dweller was hanging out of its mouth and had been snared by a fishing hook – supporting a theory that it was caught well off shore and then dumped. Sharks are able to regurgitate their stomachs to get rid of undigested bits, and then retract it, according to Dr. Ramon Bonfil, a conservation fisheries scientist at the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society who identified the creature for The Wave. Although Blue sharks feed mainly on fish they can be dangerous to deep-sea divers. Department of Parks and Recreation staff removed the shark from the beach within hours.

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