UPDATED: Shark washes up on Wildwood Crest beach

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Photo courtesy Kelvin Mercado Photo courtesy Kelvin Mercado WILDWOOD CREST – A six-foot sand tiger shark washed up near Newark Avenue in Wildwood Crest Monday morning, Wildwood Crest's Public Works Department confirmed. 

Joseph Bond, superintendent of public works, said that the shark was found dead on the beach this morning around 8 a.m. The carcass was discarded by the department, he said. About 50 onlookers had gathered around the shark at the time. 

Danielle Monaghan, a field stranding technician with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, said that in cases where sharks wash up on the beach, the center typically contacts local aquariums or Rutgers University to see if they are interested in picking up the shark.

However, Monaghan said few institutions are rehabilitating the sharks, because once they are out of the water they typically do not live long.

By 1 p.m. bathers were back in the ocean at Newark Avenue beach. 

Jen Marra contributed to this report. 

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