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Dead shark dumped at door of Nantucket pub

Stephen Seward

The shark found in front of the Sea Dog Brew Pub in Nantucket Thursday morning.

A dead shark was found in front of the Sea Dog Brew Pub in Nantucket Thursday morning and was removed by the Department of Public Works.

“It’s not too often we find sharks on land like that,” said John Braginton-Smith, a foreman for the department.

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The shark was between 5 and 6 feet long and weighed about 150 pounds, said resident Stephen Seward, who discovered the shark at about 6:30 a.m. The pub is roughly 300 yards from water, Seward said.

“Two guys would have to carry it,” he said.

A photo released by Seward showed the shark laid at the front door of the pub.

Public works officials sent a frontloader to remove the shark. The remains will be mixed with topsoil, Braginton-Smith said.

It was not known who caught the shark or dropped it at the restaurant, but Jimmy Agnew, pub manager, said that Nantucket police are looking into the matter. Agnew said two people were escorted out of the bar in separate incidents Wednesday night, but he was not sure if that might be connected to the shark’s arrival.

Braginton-Smith had his own idea of what could have happened.

“In summertime, someone can get one too many beers in them and think that’s amusing,” he said.

Jasper Craven can be reached at or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.
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