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People In Cape Cod Rescued A Great White Shark

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Beachgoers called officials around 1:30 p.m. to report the shark, which was believed to have been trying to catch seagulls on a sandbar before the tide receded, Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith told BuzzFeed News.

Stuart, who is used to dolphins and whales needing help, said this was the first shark rescue he's performed in his entire 28 years as harbormaster.

After a number of shark attacks in recent weeks along the coast of the Carolinas, Smith admitted officials did briefly debate whether to rescue the shark.

"It was definitely something that went through our minds," he said.

However, aware that great whites are endangered and federally protected, officials worked quickly to get the shark back to safe waters.

"There's a fair amount of white sharks in the ocean, and one more isn't going to make that much of a difference," Smith said.

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David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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