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Dead hammerhead shark found on Florida beach

Cause of death unknown

Delray Beach Fire-Rescue posted a photo of a dead hammerhead found on the shore. The photo has been blurred. (Delray Beach Fire-Rescue)

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – A fire-rescue captain patrolling a Florida beach found the carcass of a hammerhead shark.

Delray Beach Fire-Rescue tweeted that Capt. Scott Demarest found the shark on its left side in the sand about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports officials don’t know whether the shark was dead when it washed ashore or if someone caught it and left it there.

Fire officials say Florida Atlantic University is collecting tissue samples before disposing of the carcass.