Live Shark Comes Ashore at Rehoboth Beach

Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control/Colby Beaumont

Editor's Note: This story was published on May 12, 2013.

A beachgoer says he helped drag a live, 4-foot shark into the ocean after it came ashore in May 2013 on a Rehoboth Beach.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Colby Beaumont used a smartphone to snap photos of the shark on Friday. State environmental officials looked at the photos and told Beaumont that it looked like a smooth dogfish shark.

“I was like – ‘Oh, my God!’ ” Beaumont, 27, of Rehoboth Beach, told the Journal. “I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t get it back in the ocean, it was so heavy.”

Beaumont says he saw the animal emerge from the surf and scoot onto the sand. He tried to get the shark back into the ocean, but it was too heavy.

Another beachgoer helped him drag the shark by the tail and get it back into the water, and it swam away.

"It swam away. We made sure it didn’t come back up," Beaumont said.

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