WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (WECT) – A great white shark washed up on Wrightsville Beach Monday morning.
According to Wrightsville Beach Police Chief House, the eight-foot shark was found deceased near Crystal Pier at the Oceanic Restaurant.
Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens said a crew from UNCW’s Marine Mammal Stranding program moved the shark from the beach.
According to Thomas Lankford, associate professor at UNCW’s Biology and Marine Biology Department, the female shark is estimated to be around 20 years old and was suffering from multiple bite marks. Lankford said the bites did not cause the shark’s death, and were probably from other animals trying to scavenge the deceased shark.
A necropsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at UNCW.
Lankford said great white sharks aren’t an unusual sight off the coast of North Carolina, but it’s quite rare for one to wash ashore.