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Beachgoers Save Great White Shark Stranded on Cape Cod

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    Beachgoers Save Stranded Shark

    (Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015)

    A beached great white shark was rescued and led back to the open ocean on Monday after Cape Cod beachgoers kept it alive on the sand.

    The seven-foot male great white shark needed to be revived on South Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, when he became stranded, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

    Beachgoers kept the shark wet by splashing it with buckets of water; about 40 people crowded around the shark, which appeared dead when Harbormaster Stuart Smith arrived, he said.

    Smith and officials with the Conservancy and Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries pulled the shark back into open water. Officials say it took about an hour. Video posted online showed the rescue and the shark being towed at sea.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.