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LONG ISLAND (PIX11) – Beach goers got a surprise Wednesday afternoon when a large shark appeared in the water close to Long Beach.
The 10-foot basking shark — who subsists on krill, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans — was likely sick or dying already.
The 10-foot-long animal, shown in photos taken by a lifeguard, was identified as a basking shark. Not the vicious killer it might appear to be, basking sharks subsist on krill — the same tiny shrimp-like crustaceans eaten by whales.
The shark could be seen swimming in the waters off of Pennsylvania Ave. in Long Beach before it washed up.
It washed up into the shallow waters near Pennsylvania Ave. It’s still unclear why the shark died.
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