In addition to a beach blanket, sunglasses, sunscreen, and money for the ice cream truck, Cape Cod beachgoers should always remember to bring along an empty bucket, just in case a shark washes ashore and needs some assistance before pros arrive to safely complete the rescue. Case in point, when a seven-foot white shark appeared on a sandbar yesterday in Chatham, buckets were close at hand and, after checking with harbormaster personnel, the shark splashing commenced. Alas, when state shark scientist Dr. Gregory Skomal arrived on South Beach, the approximately 10 to 12 year old male shark appeared dead. Yet as Skomal told the Cape Cod Times, when he began discussing options for necropsy, aka an animal autopsy, the shark jerked. "We were talking about how we were going to cut it up and the next thing we know it starts kicking," Skomal said. "It seemed to know."
Hence, the revival/rescue commenced with Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith, marine patrol officials, members of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and Skomal all maneuvering the shark from the beach and out into deep water. Their technique? "We walked it like a big dog," according to Skomal. Post walk, the juvenile shark was tagged and has since been named Jameson. Here's the beach scene:
Jameson heads back home:
· GREAT WHITE SHARK BEACHES IN CAPE COD Amazing Footage!!! [Mike Bartel/Youtube]
· Juvenile white shark rescue effort off Chatham, MA - July 13, 2015 [Atlantic White Shark Conservancy/Youtube]