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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: 15-year-old claims Carolina Beach Police forced him to drag shark out of water

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Dragged to shore and left to die. That's what happened to an eight-foot sand tiger shark at Carolina Beach last night. WWAY found it decomposing in a maintenance yard today.

A 15-year-old and his friends say police told them to drag the live shark out of knee-deep water and on to the beach. The teens say they told police they wanted to push it back out to sea and let it live, but did what they were instructed.

The sand tiger is a protected species. The shark was found at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Carolina Beach in front of the boardwalk. Police called a tow truck to get the shark off the beach before tourists arrived in the morning. On-lookers watched the shark hanging from the truck take its last breaths. The shark was dumped in a maintenance yard, where someone later pulled out all its teeth. Evan Pye says police just sat back at their cars and watched last night.

"They were just like, 'Sons bring it up here.' We're like 'Why? Why bring it up here?' because we were trying to make it live. 'No, you got to bring it up here. You got to bring it up here.' We're like 'We're not going to bring it up there,' and they're like, 'Bring it up right now,' and started yelling at us and stuff like that and telling us that they're going to arrest us and stuff like that," Pye said.

Experts at the Fort Fisher Aquarium think the shark was caught by a fisherman and put up such a big fight, it was tired and may have swum close to shore to die.

Carolina Beach Police Chief William Younginer said the officers were trying to keep the shark from biting someone later. Younginer said he's going to talk to the officers working last night, but he said the situation probably could have been handled better. The chief said he's going to bury the shark, even if he has to do it himself.

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Since when do COPS become GAme officers? They want the kids to pull it up?? WTF.. Fire'em.. RIP shark

My son is one of the boys

My son is one of the boys asked to take it out of the fact we were just on the 6 pm news on WWAY....It was VERY wrong for them to ask for teenagers to take it out of the water!! Thats my problem!! Thanks for agreeing! and yes it should be investigated!!

Carolina Beach Police abuse of authority

Thank you for speaking up. As a parent of teenage son unduly harrassed and intimidated by Carolina Beach Police you must be both concerned by the threat the police posed by commanding actions far beyond their scope of authority over your sons, while being relieved your children weren't further abused. New Hanover County has an abhorrant history of police corruption and abuse.

Really people??

I always liked the fact that WWAY's web site allowed the public to post comments about their news stories. Unfortunately, instead of the comments possibly adding insight and additional information to a news story, it's become a place for people to post hatred and stupidity.

Northerners, rednecks, religion, politics, tree huggers, and healthcare. How does any of these terms have any thing to do with this story?

It's pretty depressing how juvenile and narrow minded people will act just because others don't share their same point of view.


For staying on topic Guest123321......

I think this is a lot about nothing really.


I'm just amazed someone hasn't found a way to post something about illegal aliens in this thread...yet...

The shark was from Coastal Mexico and there fore illegal...

There ya go!

And this is also endangerment and indentured servitude of minors. The cops need to be removed from their jobs. They are abusive morons. But most cops have the IQ of a turnip. Thugs and dumb ones at that.

And how many times have you

And how many times have you broken the law and been arrested before you came up with that piece of insight? Idiot! Bet you'd be the first one to cry like a baby on 911 if someone was breaking into your house!!

Ok, I'll give it a

Ok, I'll give it a shot...


That shark was trying to steal jobs from American sharks. That shark should have been deported since he was trying to enter our shores illegally. If he wants to come here, he needs to get a shark visa. And if the lady shark has anchor shark babies, they need to be strpped of their U.S. citizenship and deported back to Atlantis or somewhere else.

We need to round up all sharks on U.S. soil and deport them. We need to make random traffic stops and ask the sharks for their papers. If they don't have them, they're outta here. We can't afford to provide health care for the sharks. They'll have to die on the beach like all other illegal whales, penguins and dolphins.

Of course, if the sharks are Canadians, they're kinda of ok. We won't be too fussy about illegal Canadian sharks.



I couldn't have done better if I'd tried. Thanks for a good laugh!


As previously commented you have to remember you are in their house. They did not ask you to be there so you have no right to rip them from their home. Secondly they were not bothering anybody and if you feel the need to swim in the ocean at 11:30 P.M. (a well known shallow water feeding time for sharks) then you are taking your life in your own hands anyway. Flip the script on that situation. What if it were you feeding and some idiot just came and ripped you out of the water and watched you choke to death and die?! You wouldn't be very happy would you?! Sharks were here long before us and they will be here long after. They really are natures perfect eating machine, but I think people need to educate themselves more in the category before doing something as ignorant as this. As for what kind of shark it is.... WHO CARES?! Its a shark none the less. They have every right to be at the beach as you do. And don't give me this God gave us dominion over all living animals junk cuz that is the biggest crock of crap I have ever heard! They have rights too, and no I am not siding with PETA on anything by saying that. Personally can't stand them. So in closing unless you have an intelligent response to this post, please save you breathe. I honestly don't want to hear it. This is the biggest bunch of BS I have ever heard of, and I think the guys who did it should be in prison for animal cruelty.

a 15 year old

Like a 15 year old can drag that huge shark ashore. If the shark was dazed or not that is a ton of weight for a 15 year old to bring ashore? Just doesn't make sense at all. I mean come on a 15 year old verse a 9 foot sand shark.

How many of you were there????????

While I should not be surprised with the posts here, I can't believe the assumptions that are being made from this story that has given us minimal information. How many of you, that posted messages, were there Monday night and witnessed this first hand? Probably only a few, in any. While this article gives no details, there are posts here that give assumptions of the sharks exact location, tides, sandbars, depth of water, the sharks current health at the time, the intelligence of the officers involved and the people in the vicinity. It seems most here have read a tiny a story and fabricated the details to make their point.

I do agree with most that I would rather nature take its course with out human involvement, but you have to understand the town of CB has to look out for the safety of the citizens first. It would be a huge liability issue for them to let it be. At the very least they would have to set up a safe perimeter around the shark to keep people away, monitoring the fish until it swam off or died.

I'm not sure if the CB official made the right decision, but its pretty funny how many here have made up their mind with minimal information.

I was there first hand, and

I was there first hand, and my son is one of the teens that pulled out the fact he is on the news tonight at 6 telling the story! If the CB police are concerned for the SAFETY of the community, then they would not have chosen to have CHILDREN bring this huge shark up to shore!! It was very much alive when it was stuck in the shore break, and could have very well bitten one of the kids!!! I think they had poor decisions concerning my child!! plus they only wanted the shark to be pushed out so he could swim on since he was VERY much alive!!!

to a concerned mom

If you were there, why did you allow your child to drag the shark onto shore and then blame the police for endangering him? If you were that concerned for your child YOU should have done something!

You were there......???? And

You were there......????
And you let your son go in the water to pull on an 8 foot shark by the tail...????

"If the CB police are concerned for the SAFETY of the community, then they would not have chosen to have CHILDREN bring this huge shark up to shore!!"

If you were concerned for the safety of your son then you would told the cop to go do it himself.....

"I think they had poor decisions concerning my child!!"

I think this whole situation wreaks of poor decision making, by you, your son, the police, and pretty much anyone else involved.


Got to love the Internet.

The lies in this one:
1) A group of teens carried the shark in.
The shark and the ocean carried it in. An adult tiger shark weighs close to a metric ton. It was throughly beached. No one was moving it anywhere. The teens couldn't get the thing off the shallow water, let alone further onto the beach where they lose the water to help move it.

2) You're one's mother.
Seriously. 100% unbelievable. A. What mom lets their kid in the water with a shark that as you said was swimming around just fine and could have bitten one of your kids. B. If you really are the mom, use statement A. to judge your parenting skills and decisions. The juvenilles were already working on the shark to no avail before police even got arrival.

"a huge liability issue for

"a huge liability issue for them to let it be" Are you kidding me, really?! "set up a safe perimeter around the shark:" this is the most comical post I have ever read on here, well its at least in a tight first tied with Abby's post below.

In what world do you live

In what world do you live in? People will sue over the smallest thing. If the police had left the shark alone, and an hour later an ignorant individual poked at it and was bit, people would be furious that the police did nothing to prevent this.

I certainly don't think the CBPD handled this well, but the idea that the they should have just left it alone is moronic.

Glad it's dead

Since no one knows the real story behind the shark with why it washed/came ashore. If they had not killed it the public would have gone crazy saying why did they not kill due to safety concerns! That is on big ass shark. I am glad they killed it because it makes our beaches safer granted there are more sharks out there.

Think about this if they had not killed the shark but yet it still made the news about washing ashore few days go by and the shark kills someone than they will hold the town liable. So pretty much it was damn if they did and damn if they didnt.

I am glad they killed it! Go Carolina Beach!

Kill em' all?

So you want us to kill em' all and let god sort em' out. I hate that people want to kill and elimate their inconviences. The truth is that probably isn't the only shark swimming around out there, killing it more than liking didn't save anybodys life.

some of you guys are

some of you guys are ridculous!!! you have no idea what happened as you were not there...get a grip and know the facts before you run your yaps..

I agree, why was it killed?

The story is a little vague here. Was it sick or hurt? Perhaps just old? None-the-less, did it have to be destroyed?

However, on the up-side......I do see some tasty shark steaks for the local homeless, and several pair of new boots that could be donated. Somehow, we can turn this into a positive.

I hope to see an investigation on why the people pulled it out.

No respect for nature at all. I live in the area and I agree with some of the comments on here. This area is suppose to be the so-called "bible belt" area and the counties around here still have kill shelters and no respect for animals besides the turtles.

Yes, Sharks are dangerous creatures this also proves why humans are too. Most of the time they will leave you alone. There was no reason to just yank it out of there while it was trying to get a way.

I hope the newscasters will follow up on this story and ask these people why they were so cruel, and express about how all their viewers feel.

It's a sad day indeed when

It's a sad day indeed when humans regard the life of a shark more important than a tourist; a fellow human being. If people would treat other people with the same respect and care that some have shown for this possible rogue shark, the world would be a much nicer place to live in...

right on

I agree with you 100%! I'm pretty sure the people who are siding with the shark are the same ones out there who want nationalized health care and don't use their turn signals. Many will think these parallels are ridiculous, but the most ardent animal rights supporters are usually delusional, self righteous, and living in a pink bubble made of unicorn tears.

No right on

i'm a animal rights activist and a shark lover and i have to say that animals are alot easier to get along with than other humans, mostly when they're humans like you that have no respect for other life forms.

And fyi, animal lovers aren't delusional. i think you're more delusional for even thinking that.

I can't believe the

I can't believe the ignorance of the redneck population around here. Your life is no damn more important than this endangered shark. It was not rouge it had a fish hook stuck in its mouth from a dumb human or it would have been fine. I was on the beach and trying to save it and the police said I would be arrested if I did so. See how important you think the tourists are when they go extinct through there own stupidity and sharks are still thriving like they have been for millions of years. BTW sand tiger sharks are docile bottom feeders and never attack. go back to your trailer park

Simple solution! GO back

Simple solution!
GO back home if you do not like the surroundings,
and take your stereotype comments with you!

Where are you seeing that that was the case?

The animal came ashore and they just killed it? Didn't seem from the report that it was hurting anyone?