Hong Kong beach closed after shark is washed ashore

Butterfly Beach in Tuen Mun has been closed by authorities after a 60cm-long shark was washed ashore earlier today.

The shark was apparently dead when it was found however the incident has prompted a red flag to be raised and the public are advised not to enter the water. The South China Morning Post reported that Marine police had since searched the area but that no other sharks have been spotted.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department stated that it was a Scoliodon macrorhynchos,which would not normally attack unless provoked.

Two hours earlier, the carcass of a Chinese white dolphin was washed up on nearby Castle Peak Beach. The dolphin has been sent to Ocean Park for an autopsy.

Photo credit: Panoramio

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