Salmon shark

This specimen washed up onto the beach in Seaside.

Imagine stumbling on this.

Last Thursday, the Seaside Aquarium received a report of a small shark on the beach on the south end of Seaside. They found a 3-foot salmon shark.

These little sharks resemble baby great whites but there are a few small identification markers that distinguish the two, according to Tiffany Boothe of the aquarium. Salmon shark teeth are notably pointed and smooth while white shark teeth are triangular and serrated.

Named for their diet preference of eating salmon, the quick-swimming salmon shark can become stranded throughout the year, but are most commonly found during summer months.

While this species is able to survive in colder temperatures, some juveniles end up outside their ideal temperature range and are unable to thrive.

If the shark is fresh enough, Boothe said, it could be used for dissection by high school classes.

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