A Coney Island lifeguard shooed off 75 to 100 swimmers who surrounded a two-foot sand shark, punching and harrassing it, according to this AP story.
The lifeguard gathered the tiny shark in his arms and swam it out to sea. What a nice guy!
Says Ben Freitas, a science fellow with Oceana: “I’m guessing the ‘sand shark’ was actually a juvenile sand tiger shark, which is a rather fairly docile and relatively harmless species. It’s also prohibited from being caught in U.S. waters because its population has decreased so precipitously.”
Sharks have a fearsome reputation, but humans kill about 100 million sharks a year. Now, sharks need our help more than ever. Kudos to our lifeguard friend.