HORRIBLE images show a 9-foot sand tiger shark washing up along the US coast.
The sighting of the beast with “intimidating teeth” comes after at least six shark attacks were reported along a stretch of coast in weeks.
A man said he found the shark around 7 a.m. on July 28 in Longport, New Jersey.
He shared photos of the massive animal and said he called the police, who brought in a truck to remove the massive shark.
“It was pretty easy to find considering it was huge,” the unidentified man told the Philly Voice.
“I just walked over and noticed that one side of the shark looked a little more cruel.”
One of the photos obtained by The Voice shows that the shark had a large gash on its abdomen that exposed its organs.
“There must have been about 20 birds eating some of the remains next to the shark,” the man said.
Several marine biologists told the Voice the carcass was that of a sand tiger, or gray nurse shark.
A spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said these sharks are common in the northeastern United States and New Jersey.
“They’re intimidating with their teeth, but they’re pretty docile sharks.
“In fact, they are a popular shark in aquariums because of their fierce appearance and because they do well in captivity.”
None of the shark attacks in the three states this summer were fatal.
The first was on June 30, when a man in his 50s was bitten in the right foot while swimming at Jones Beach on Long Island in Nassau County.
Shawn Donnelly, 41, was knocked off his surfboard when a sand tiger shark attacked off the coast of Smith Point Beach on July 13.
He was left with a four inch laceration on his leg.
Donnelly revealed that he hit the shark to ward off the beast.
He told NBC New York, “It caught my left calf and knocked me off my board … as I fell off my board I saw the fin and its back.”
A 49-year-old tourist from Arizona was attacked by a shark at Seaview Beach on the same day.
Police said the “shark came up from behind and bit his left wrist and buttock.”
John Mullins, 17, who was taking lifeguard training, was attacked by a shark on July 7.
Lifeguard Zach Gallo, 33, was also bitten while doing training exercises at Smith Point Beach on July 3.
Last month, the carcass of a great white shark washed up on a beach in Quogue Village. It was 7 to 8 feet long.
Sightings and attacks have led to several beaches on the south coast being closed in recent weeks.
“Climate change is definitely playing a role […] especially with the sightings we’re seeing this year and last year,” said Chris Paparo of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s shark research team.
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