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Thresher shark washes up in rare Manzanita beaching

Oregon Coast

This was the first thresher shark to wash ashore in the area in over a decade

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A shark nearly 9 feet long washed up on a beach in Manzanita on Wednesday afternoon.

The Seaside Aquarium identified the marine creature as a female thresher shark about 4 or 5 years old. It was the first of its species to wash ashore in the area in more than a decade, experts said.

A nearly-9-foot-long thresher shark washed up on Manzanita Beach, July 31, 2019. (Courtesy of TiffanyBoothe/SeasideAquarium)

It was still alive when park officials reported the shark to the aquarium but it died a short time later. Officials aren’t sure what caused its death.

A nearly-9-foot-long thresher shark washed up on Manzanita Beach, July 31, 2019. (Courtesy of TiffanyBoothe/SeasideAquarium)

Aquarium officials said dead sharks that wash ashore are often turned over to local schools to give students the chance to perform necropsies as an educational experience.

Thresher sharks are native to the Oregon Coast but are more common off the coast of California. Adult thresher sharks move closer to shore in spring and summer to feed on small fish.

The shark found Wednesday was about half the average length of an adult thresher.

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