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24-Foot Massive Shark Washes Ashore in UK, It is So Big That it Has to Be Forklifted Off Beach

24-Foot Shark Washes Ashore in UK
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A 24-foot basking shark was found washed ashore on Scotland’s Maidens Beach, causing a stir among locals and tourists.

Initial Confusion

24-Foot Shark Washes Ashore in UK
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Many bystanders mistook the enormous shark for a whale due to its massive size.

Bystanders’ Reaction

24-Foot Shark Washes Ashore in UK
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Several beachgoers believed the shark might still be alive as it was seen moving in the water before landing on the sand.

Rescue Teams Arrive

24-Foot Shark Washes Ashore in UK
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British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme were quickly called to the scene.

Brave Attempt to Help

24-Foot Shark Washes Ashore in UK
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A beachgoer named Yolanda donned a wetsuit and entered the water to check if the shark was alive.

Realization of Death

Basking Shark
Basking Shark. By Greg Skomal / NOAA Fisheries Service – Basking Shark (in English). NOAA Fisheries Service. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11891406

Yolanda discovered the shark was dead, tangled in a long rope with its tail in its mouth, suggesting it died trying to free itself.

Expert Intervention

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The rescue teams confirmed the shark’s death upon arrival and began planning the removal of the carcass.

Use of a Forklift

24-Foot Shark Washes Ashore in UK
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A forklift was brought to the beach to help transport the massive shark’s carcass off the sand.

Basking Shark Characteristics

Basking Shark
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Basking sharks are the second-largest living fish, known for their large size but harmless nature, feeding only on plankton.

Public Fascination

The incident drew significant attention from the public and the media, highlighting the awe-inspiring size of the shark.

Eyewitness Accounts

24-Foot Shark Washes Ashore in UK
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Eyewitnesses shared their experiences and reactions to seeing such a large shark up close, expressing a mix of fear and fascination.

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