These touching pictures show the moment a man saved a small shark stuck on the beach and put it back into the water. Alan Holyoak, 56 years old, saw the shark while he and his wife Kathrine were taking an early morning walk on the beach in Seaside, Oregon.
The marine biologist picked up the shark, which was 46 inches long, and after a few tense minutes, it was soon back in the water. Mr. Holyoak, from Idaho, said, “We saw a young girl looking at something in the water.” It must have been at least a few feet long. At first, I thought it might be a dolphin or porpoise pup that got stuck on the beach. But when I ran over and got close enough to see that it was a shark, it was the scariest and most exciting thing I’ve ever done. Even though it was only about 46 inches long, it had a complete set of teeth.
“The shark was being tossed around in the waves and was clearly very stressed.” It didn’t look alive, but it was still flexible, so I thought it might be. The marine biologist then carefully picked it up and moved it away from the beach, being very careful because it could move. He said, “Because it was so slow, I picked it up and took it back out to the wash zone, where there was a lot of highly oxygenated water, just what it needed.”