Video of the Basking Shark that washed up on a Long Island beach on the 14th July 2009.
The now 20-foot-long (originally thought to be 24-foot) basking shark that washed ashore on a beach on New York’s Long Island on Tuesday appears to have died from some kind of illness.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df0rat2K2ec[/youtube]
New York State Parks official George Gorman said researchers will examine the basking shark to determine a cause of death. After that, it will be buried in nearby sand dunes on the beach.
After examining the basking shark, Tracy Marcus of Cornell University’s Long Island-based Sport Fishing Education Center said the shark weighs about a ton. She said it is unusual for an ailing basking shark to come ashore. Usually they die in the ocean.
The cause of the Long Island shark’s beaching may remain a mystery—as is where the giant creatures come from.
Source: National Geographic and YouTube.