A small shark, by appearances likely a young great white, washed ashore dead on the ocean beach in Amagansett on Tuesday evening before dark. Ed Michels, East Hampton Town's chief harbormaster, found it. He said Wednesday that it was 75 pounds and 4 feet long. It looked healthy and had no marks on it to indicate an injury.
Mr. Michels kept the shark in a cooler on ice overnight until he was able to get in contact with Stony Brook Southampton's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences for research. "I just didn't want to pick it up and throw it away at the landfill. It was terrible it happened. At least the scientists can take a look at it and learn something from it," he said.
Initially, Mr. Michels contacted the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. They were uninterested and declined to respond, as it was not a mammal.
Mr. Michels believes that this is the first time such a shark has washed ashore, and said, "Whales, you name it we got it, but not this."