Photos: Great White Shark Mysteriously Washes Up on a California Beach

Shark beach

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

(Image credit: Ashley Kern)

A dead male great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) washed up on a beach near Santa Cruz, California, on Sunday (June 17).

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Close-up

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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The shark was estimated to be around 500 lbs. (225 kilograms).

A formidable beast

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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The shark appeared to be healthy when it died, but there were a few scratches around its face. It's unclear if those scratches had anything to do with the shark's death.

Out of the waves

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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Beachgoers helped roll the shark up the beach.

Teamwork

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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It took several people to move the massive animal.

Standing in awe

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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The dead shark drew a crowd on the beach. It's rare for great white sharks to wash ashore.

Beach brawl

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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A conflict erupted among beachgoers who wanted to take the shark. Ultimately, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife retrieved the shark and performed a necropsy earlier this week.

New encounters

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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A dog named Ramona checks out the great white shark.

Fearless friend

Great White Shark Santa Cruz Beach

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Great white sharks are fierce predators, but Ramona (the dog) doesn't seem afraid.

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