ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: UNCW researchers digs up shark, take tissue samples
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We have an update on the eight-foot sand tiger shark that died on Carolina Beach two weeks ago.

Teens say cops forced them to drag the shark onshore and let it die. The officers denied that ever happened. The shark was dumped in a maintenance yard where someone yanked out its teeth.

A research team from UNCW dug up the buried shark and took tissue samples. They sent the samples to three other researchers across the United States. The UNCW team determined the protected species was a female. Unlike other sharks, sand tigers can only have two pups a year. If anything like this ever happens again, the researchers want to know about it.

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I would really like to know if the shark was sick or healthy. I would also like to see the Carolina Beach Police investigated if the shark was healthy! Carolina Beach Police are known for abuse of their police powers.

Could you document some of these abuses without using a he said she said or a friend of mine said scenerio?

Do you think FOR A SECOND that 99% of us give a s#$% about a shark in these hard economic times? I think people are more concerned with their next meal, jobs, annexation, higher taxes etc than a stupid shark that BEACHED ITSELF because it was on its last breaths of life. In case you dont know, sharks DO NOT beach themselves unless about to die...and even then its rare. No WAY 2 kids "caught it by hand in the shallows" and dragged it up on the beach, so to answer your idiotic question, it wasnt healthy.

Also...maybe if you quit doing things that caused you to have run ins with police, you wouldnt have the issues youre having with them. Ive never had anything more than a ticket and Ive been around this area 25+ yrs...and the CB police are so much more than lenient with the people on the north end that its not even funny. You sound like another whiney, "do as I say not as I do" wacko that this town has become full of. Get a grip and worry about something tangible, not an animal/ planet that has been here four and a half billion years...way before humans were.

A healthy shark does not come into the shallows to die as this one did. Also, a shark of this size, if healthy could not have been man-handled and dragged out of the surf as simply and easily as it has been portrayed. It is quite obvious that the shark was either injured or very sick to be so disoriented that it grounded itself. All sharks have an innate instinct for survival. That means to keep water moving across its gills, at all costs! If it didn't want to be there, it simply would not have been!

I believe the CB police were simply trying to render the beach safe. They attempted to call several different agencies with no answer, no contact and no response, at least not until after 11am when the wildlife resources woke up and the media was all over it.

So what do you want to do, crucify the CB police for trying to keep the beach safe? Do you not have anything important to do?