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Stranded great white shark rescued on Cape Cod as beachgoers record video

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Jul 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-14 15:52:40-04

Chatham, Mass. – Beachgoers helped keep a stranded juvenile great white shark on a beach in Chatham, Massachusetts on Monday until rescuers could drag it back out to sea.

“There was no way for the shark to get to where it could swim, so it just kept flapping and moving over,” Kelly Skanell told WCVB.

Reports say the shark became stuck on the beach as it tried to reach a seagull.

The 7-foot male was dragged by rope attached to a boat driven by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Division of Marine Fisheries and Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith and freed one mile off shore.

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More photos of Dr. Skomal, AWSC and the Chatham Harbormaster reviving a 7' male white shark yesterday after it had stranded inside the South Beach cut in Chatham, MA. #SupportResearch #AWSC #Chatham #Sharks #SharkWeek #CapeCod

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MA DMF's Dr. Skomal, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Chatham Harbormaster revived this 7' male white shark today. The shark was beached inside the South Beach cut in Chatham, and was led out to open ocean. #SupportResearch #AWSC #CapeCod #Chatham #Sharks #SharkWeek

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One more photo of Dr. Skomal, AWSC and the Chatham Harbormaster reviving a 7' male white shark yesterday after it had stranded inside the South Beach cut in Chatham, MA. #SupportResearch #AWSC #Chatham #Sharks #SharkWeek #CapeCod

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