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Dozens of dead sharks found washed ashore on Oak Island

Michael Boswell, a local resident, was walking on the beach when he spotted "approximately 50 dead sharks" on the sand near Southeast 64th Street in Oak Island. (Source: Michael Boswell) Michael Boswell, a local resident, was walking on the beach when he spotted "approximately 50 dead sharks" on the sand near Southeast 64th Street in Oak Island. (Source: Michael Boswell)
The unidentified sharks range in size from approximately 1'-5'. (Source: Michael Boswell) The unidentified sharks range in size from approximately 1'-5'. (Source: Michael Boswell)
OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) -

The NC Division of Marine Fisheries is investigating after dozens of dead sharks were found washed ashore on a popular beach strand in Brunswick County on Sunday morning.

Michael Boswell, a local resident, said he was walking on the beach when he spotted about 50 dead sharks on the sand near Southeast 64th Street in Oak Island.

The unidentified sharks range in size from approximately 1'-5'.

Boswell said he reported the discovery to police in Oak Island. Since the initial report, the sharks have been picked up and removed from the beach strand.

However, since the sharks were found below the tide line, this issue is under the jurisdiction of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries.

The exact cause of death for the sharks is still undetermined. According to Patricia Smith, a public information officer with that agency, crews are on their way to Oak Island to investigate the matter.

Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace said it is illegal to dump any species of dead fish on the public beach strand. The only permitted forms of fishing on the beach are fishing for consumption or catch and release.

Even though this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Wallace said she plans to ask town staff to look into the issue from their end.

"I plan to contact our town manager to review the situation," said Wallace. "We should ask the public works department to keep a watch on this to make sure it doesn't become a public health issue. We will be contacting the proper authorities to see what can or should be done."

Stay with WECT.com for more on this developing story. We will update this story as more information comes into our newsroom.

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