WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — An official at Wrightsville Beach says a great white shark estimated to be at least 8 feet long has washed up on shore.
Town Manager Tim Owens told local media outlets that the shark was spotted late Monday morning along the shoreline near the Crystal Pier.
Thomas Lankford, associate professor at UNC Wilmington’s Biology and Marine Biology Department, told WECT in Wilmington that the female shark is believed to be around 20 years old and was suffering from several bite marks.
Lankford said the bites did not cause the shark’s death, and were probably from other animals trying to scavenge its body.
Bill McLellan of UNC Wilmington’s marine mammal stranding program said the school will perform a necropsy.