A great white shark that caused quite a stir after getting stranded along the Santa Cruz shoreline Friday has died.
Dozens of people gathered on the cliffs of Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz to watch the 8-foot shark trapped in the shallow reef. Video from CNN affiliate KSBW then captured the still-alive shark rolling in the incoming tide — bruised and bloodied.
Authorities were notified in the afternoon by someone walking on the beach that people were taking pictures of the shark — including one person in the water, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
KABC reported that scientists who found its carcass Saturday believe that it may have died from either a nervous system infection or as a result of a hook getting lodged in its mouth.
The great white is one of the ocean’s biggest predators.
A sheriff’s patrol unit used loudspeakers to tell gawkers to stay clear of the distressed fish, the newspaper reported.
Careful rescue attempts were made by the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation.
“We were able to get the shark upright and in the water. It just kind of turned around. It was aimless,” Sean Van Sommeran told the affiliate.
Scientists don’t know whether the animal stranded itself or was sick.