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Cold strands third shark on Cape Cod

This shark was discovered along the Cape Cod shoreline last week.Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

The extreme cold appears to have claimed a third shark on Cape Cod, authorities said.

A thresher shark was spotted Thursday washed up in Brewster, two days after two other sharks were found frozen to death on beaches in Orleans and Wellfleet.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and NOAA Fisheries Service hauled away the 14-foot male shark, and are waiting for the carcass to thaw before conducting a necropsy, an official said.

“It was a sharksicle,” Michelle Wcisel the conservancy’s program director, said on Saturday.

The three male sharks, which measure about 14 feet long, were found between Dec. 26 and 28, officials said.


According to Wcisel, it is common for sharks of the same size and sex to travel in groups.

With waters at or below freezing with ice chunks floating off the Cape, sharks caught in the area die before being stranded ashore.

“It was definitely the cold,” Wcisel said. “These sharks were mostly likely moving to the south with the warmer water and got caught in the hook of Cape Cod.”

Sarah Betancourt can be reached at sarah.betancourt@globe.com.