Half-eaten shark washes ashore on New Smyrna Beach

Larger fish attacked shark, beach official says

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

A half-eaten shark washses ashore on New Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - What else is out there?

A half-eaten shark washed ashore Saturday on New Smyrna Beach, stunning beachgoers.

A Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue lifeguard took a picture of the dead shark, estimated at 5 feet long before the attack.

Beach Safety spokeswoman Tammy Morris said the shark was either a blacktip or a spinner shark.

Morris said the shark was definitely attacked by a bigger fish. 

"It is unknown what type of predator bit the shark or how far offshore it was when it was attacked," Morris said.

The lifeguard posted the photo on social media, saying, "Anyone up for a swim? LOL I guess there is something even bigger out there. #blacktip #whereiskatherine."

Katherine is a reference to a 14-foot great white shark that was tagged and can be tracked by Ocearch. She was spotted off Florida last month.

Morris said half-eaten sharks do not wash ashore very often, but she has seen it happen before.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials tweeted earlier this month that another great white shark was spotted about 20 miles off Ormond Beach.

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