Video provided by Janna Chapman.
This cute little killer was returned to sea after a local good samaritan said they found it flopping around the Clam Beach shoreline today.
“My brother found this baby shark 🦈 washed up at Clam Beach!” Chapman wrote on Facebook. “Pretty neat. Is it a great white? He assisted it back to the ocean.”
A fisheries biologist with the Humboldt State University Marine Lab, who chose to remain nameless, said that the shark is likely a baby great white.
However, the biologist said that a tooth is needed to be absolutely certain, as it could also be a salmon shark.
The HSU biologist said sharks sometimes wash ashore when they’re sick, or when they’ve been caught by fisherman and thrown back into the water too late.