Does it know it's Shark Week?

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Ocean City Lifeguard Mark Miedama’s shot of a big shark caught Wednesday evening at 57th Street is making the rounds. The close-up shows a bloody, toothy maw. Ocean City Lifeguard Mark Miedama’s shot of a big shark caught Wednesday evening at 57th Street is making the rounds. The close-up shows a bloody, toothy maw.

Shark caught from kayak

Ocean City Lifeguard Mark Miedama’s shot of a big shark caught Wednesday evening at 57th Street is making the rounds. The close-up shows a bloody, toothy maw.

He said his friend caught the shark from a kayak near the old 59th Street Fishing Pier, and eventually beached the monster, which he identified as a thresher shark, about seven feet long.

“It was pretty intimidating, seeing something like that off by the pier,” Miedama said.

The shark had the telltale long tail fin, he said.

The catch took place after the guards were off duty for the day.

While a quick look at the photo will confirm that the animal could do some damage, attacks on people by thresher sharks are extraordinarily rare. The International Shark Attack File shows a single attack on a human, and four incidents of attacks on boats.

Miedama said he and his friend returned the shark to the water. He said his friend often catches sharks in that area, mostly little dogfish, but that this was an exceptionally big one.

On Thursday afternoon, the water at 58th Street was crowded with swimmers, and while the guards on duty knew about the catch, they were not concerned about the shark seeking revenge.

“They’re out there,” said Lt. Brian Booth. “They can catch anything out there.”

58th- 58th Street beach


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