Massive 20-Foot Shark Washes Up on Long Island Gilgo Beach

July 15, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A barely alive 20-foot long shark weighing an estimated 2,000 pounds washed up on the sands of Gilgo Beach on Long Island on Tuesday. But before anyone panics, the dying hulk was a Basking sharks, which eat plankton not people and are not considered dangerous. Basking shark, are actually common in the waters off Long Island, but they don’t usually wash ashore on a town beach a few miles east of Jones Beach. New York State Parks official George Gorman says researchers at theĀ  Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, will examine the shark to determine a cause of death.

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