Dead shark with hat wrapped around neck washes up on Florida shore

A parks and recreation program took to Facebook after a shark washed ashore in Florida with plastic debris wrapped around its neck.

The finetooth shark was found along the shore of Ponte Vedra Beach on Friday, according to St. Johns County Parks and Recreation.

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St. Johns County staff said the 6-foot shark had a plastic brim of an old hat wrapped around its neck and gills.

Staff said the cause of death is undetermined without a necropsy, but its death serves as an example of how plastic marine debris is a local and global issue.

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The parks program said the species of shark is found from North Carolina to Brazil and migrates through our area, heading south in early fall.

The shark's death was reported to the FWC’s Fish Kill hotline.

>> See the Facebook post here

On Friday, a finetooth shark (Carcharhinus isodon) was found washed up on the shore in Ponte Vedra with the plastic brim...

Posted by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

 

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