About 60 dead spiny dogfish sharks have washed up on the beaches of New Jersey over the weekend, depending on the state of the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA)
About 60 dead spiny dogfish sharks washed up on the beaches of New Jersey over the weekend, according to the authorities.
The cause of death is still unknown, but the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDEP) said: it is probably a natural incident, the Press of Atlantic City reported.
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A picture of some of the dead sharks was posted on Twitter Monday.
“[It is] most likely a natural event with nothing to be worried about,” Jason Snellbaker, the Marine region captain of the NJDEP, told the Press of Atlantic City.
The sharks were found by conservation officers on patrols along a 13-mile stretch of the New Jersey shore from Longport to Brigantine, Snellbaker said. He suggested the sharks could have been pushed on the shore by the strong winds after high water.
Another possibility is that the sharks could have been caught in a salt marsh during high tide, but were unable to get out before the outgoing tide, leaving them to die there or in a tidal pool, the outlet reported.
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A Department of Environmental Protection spokesman told the Press of Atlantic City the sharks the dishes not indicate a larger problem.
Atlantic spiny dogfish sharks are commercially fished in New Jersey waters, according to The Associated Press.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the sharks are slim and narrow, pointed snout with white spots. In the uk the sharks are used in fish and chips, according to NOAA Fish Watch.