California Lifeguards Capture 6-Foot Shark With Their Bare Hands

Five lifeguards in Newport Beach, California pulled a six-foot shark out of the water and onto shore on Friday.

In aerial footage captured by ABC7, the shark can be seen approaching the shore and pushed closer to land by waves. The lifeguards grab the six-foot-long shark with their bare hands and drag it through the sand to an animal control vehicle on the beach. The shark washed up around 1:30 in the afternoon.

A public information officer to ABC7 that there were two sharks that came ashore in Newport Beach on Friday afternoon. The other shark washed up in Corona del Mar. An official for the lifeguards said that sharks "ending up on shore is common, and they're either attacked by other animals or caught in fishing lines."

The sharks were reported as young thresher sharks, which have small mouths and large tails that they use to overpower their prey. Thresher sightings are common for the area at this time of year. Officials said that both sharks were injured and close to death.

Fortunately, no one was injured by either of the sharks.

After the shark was taken out of the water, beachgoers were allowed to go back in and swim. Although some people did head back into the ocean, a number of people opted to sit out for the rest of the day, after seeing the shark wash up on shore. It was later euthanized by Animal Control.

ABC7 reported that a few beachgoers joked that the incident should be featured on the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," which concludes on Saturday.

A woman who filmed the shark on her phone told local CBS affiliate KCAL that the beachgoers hoped that it would go back out to sea. "We were hoping it would swim back out but it just wasn't, it would swim back out and then come back in and lifeguards were trying to save it," she said.

According to KCAL, a marine biologist said that a number of sharks have been reported to have brain infections that causes them to get disoriented and swim to shore. A marine biologist told KCAL that the bacterium that causes the infection "kind of turns the sharks into zombies."

Tracking Sharks, which records data about sharks and attacks, shows that there have been 40 shark attacks worldwide, as of August 12. Of those 40, only seven have been fatal. There have only been 16 shark attacks in the U.S.

The Newport Beach Police Department did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment in time for publication.

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A 360 pound common thresher shark is weighed during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. A thresher shark washed up on shore in Newport Beach on Friday. Getty/Maddie Meyer