Wounded blue shark spotted near Rockport beach
ROCKPORT, Mass. (WHDH) -- Beachgoers raced to help an injured shark spotted in close to shore in Rockport Monday morning.
The six-foot to seven-foot shark was struggling and needed help.
“We were playing in the water and my cousins and I were on the dock. We came back and the lifeguard asked us to leave the water and everybody was crowded around and we saw the fin,” said Nina Zoppi, a beachgoer.
Wildlife experts said it was a blue shark spotted along the beachfront. It disappeared, before re-emerging Monday afternoon.
“There was just tons of people and it just started swimming in circles,” said Alex Litter, a beachgoer.
The harbormaster said the shark was in distress while trying to get a fishing hook out of its mouth.
Litter, who was at the beach, said people tried to get the shark back in the water.
“They were, like, grabbing him by his tail and its back fin and trying to push him back out,” said Litter.
The New England Aquarium said blue sharks are typically harmless and feed on fish, not people. They’re also very common in this area, but it’s not typical of them to come that close to shore.
“There was two girls swimming, I guess, and the shark was just following right behind them and he didn’t even try to harm them,” said Molly Stone, a beachgoer.
After a lifeguard cleared the beach, harbormasters held down the shark and took out the hook, before dragging it back into the ocean.
The shark returned about 25 minutes later. Then, harbormasters brought the fish onto their boat and dropped it further away from shore.