When a 24-foot-long basking shark beached itself, the kind-hearted folks of Maine pitched in in a desperate effort to save it.
A 24-foot-long basking shark beached itself on a sandbar at Lubec Narrows in the early morning hours of Sept. 2. With the tide out, a number of locals gathered in a valiant effort to save its life.
A “bucket brigade” was started and continued for the next few hours. A boat also attempted to drag the basking shark out to deep water, but sadly, it had already passed away at that point.
The basking shark’s body has been secured near the shore so that a necropsy could be performed the next day during low tide.
The necropsy will be conducted by a team of 10 people and will take approximately four to five hours to complete. A reason for why the shark washed up on shore and died will hopefully be determined.
Basking sharks are common in Maine but rarely beach themselves.