Monday, March 12, 2012

Dead reef shark found buried in sand, Florida

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Children at a South Florida beach made an unusual discovery in the sand.

7News viewer Linda Williams sent in photos of a dead reef shark, partially buried in the sand on Pompano Beach, Sunday morning.

A group of people passing by noticed the 80-pound shark, which had a fishing hook and line sticking out of its mouth.

Authorities were called to haul the shark away. "Apparently, someone was out fishing last night, and they brought it in to shore to bury it in the sand but didn't do too good of a job," said Chris Williams, who found the shark. "Its head was popping out, so we brought it back up and found Ocean Rescue, and they took it away."

The species is considered near threatened, and it is illegal to fish for them commercially. Source

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