Nova Scotia

3-metre shark beached in Cape Breton

A few locals tried to drag this roughly three-metre shark back to sea after it got stuck in the shallows off a Cape Breton beach Sunday night. It was found dead, however, early Monday morning.

The large shark washed ashore on Inverness Beach despite an effort to pull it back to sea

A group of Cape Breton residents found this roughly three-metre shark on Inverness Beach. (Sean O'Connell)

A few locals tried to drag this roughly three-metre porbeagle shark back to sea after it got stuck in the shallows off a Cape Breton beach Sunday night. 

It was found dead, however, early Monday morning. 

Photographer Sean O'Connell was among those who came across the beached animal, which he said was as long as a basketball net is high.

He said he'd also seen the animal struggling Sunday even after watching several men pull the shark further into the water. 

Nova Scotia has about 20 different native shark species, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 

The department identified the shark as a porbeagle, a species not known for causing problems for humans.

There are about 20 different species of shark that live in Nova Scotia. (Sean O'Connell)