According to reports, a dead great white shark washed up on a beach in Massachusetts under mysterious circumstances. Upon investigation, it was found that the animal had a red tint to its body, and had three lead weights inside its stomach.
According to LADBible, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said on Thursday that the nine-foot-long young shark had mysteriously washed up dead on a beach near the Pamet River in Truro. The animal was then cut open on the spot so researchers could ascertain the cause of death.
Lisa Natanson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was the one to actually perform the necropsy, and it was she who found the weights inside the shark's stomach. Samples have been taken from the dead animal's body in order to provide the official cause of death.
With regards to this recent shark death, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy released a statement on Facebook that read: "Early this morning the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy received a call of a dead white shark along the Pamet River in Truro."
"The shark was a juvenile male, measuring about 9 ft in length. Scientists from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were notified and Dr. Lisa Natanson of NOAA came out to perform a necropsy and take samples. While examining the stomach she found three lead weights inside."
The news of the dead great white shark comes only weeks after beaches in the surrounding area were declared closed as a result of two shark sightings and one shark attack. Earlier this month, 61-year-old William Lytton was bitten by a shark near Truro.
The man suffered wounds to his leg and torso that were consistent with shark bites. Lytton said that he was swimming about 30 meters from shore when he realized that a shark was biting him.
Although he is now out of danger and recovering well, it still hasn't been determined what type of shark attacked him. The incident involving Lytton was the first to occur in the area since 2012. The last time someone from Massachusetts died as a result of a shark attack was in 1936.