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Jul 21, 2012 4:57 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Large Sand Shark Netted At Amagansett Beach

Jul 24, 2012 3:22 PM

Danny Lester, a fisherman, found a sand shark—about 8 feet long and weighing perhaps 250 to 300 pounds, he said—in a pound trap at Little Albert’s Beach in Amagansett on Saturday. It was about 6 a.m., so there weren’t any swimmers at the little bay beach.

Mr. Lester said he’d previously seen much smaller sand sharks in the trap, but never one that even began to approach the size of this one. It was just like the ones swimming around at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, he said Saturday.

Mr. Lester was correct: Joe Yaiullo, the aquarium’s curator and cofounder, on Tuesday took a look at a photo of the shark, which Mr. Lester had taken on his cellphone, and confirmed that it was a sand tiger shark. Kim Durham, a biologist and rescue program coordinator for the Riverhead Foundation, who had passed the photo along to him, also figured it for a sand shark, which she said was, indeed, the species swimming in the fish tanks at the aquarium.

Mr. Lester’s big catch was still alive and there was no sense killing it, he said, so the fisherman just rolled it out of the trap. As far as he knew, he said, sand sharks are content to eat small fish and don’t need to attack people who are in the water to swim.

“I don’t think they’d bother anybody,” he said, although he did mention he’d have to fix a few holes chewed out of his net.

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Good job, Mr. Lester. Sandsharks are harmless (and not very tasty), so why not just let it go.

What the heck are those other things in the net? Crabs?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jul 21, 12 7:29 PM
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they are spider crabs.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jul 21, 12 11:19 PM
A feel-good story -- thanks Danny and crew.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jul 21, 12 7:42 PM
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Way to go...Glad to know he saved that shark.
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jul 21, 12 8:49 PM
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That is the first sand shark i ever saw with Teeth?????
By TO BAD (24), hampton bay on Jul 22, 12 12:12 PM
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If only you had a computer with access to the internet, then you would be able to use a search engine and find all the pictures of sand sharks that I did. Then you would notice that all the pictures that I saw had teeth.
By lucky and aware (44), Speonk on Jul 22, 12 3:28 PM
what a tough guy, anonymously insulting people in a comment section.
By tm (174), mtk on Jul 23, 12 8:58 AM
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the reason they call them sand sharks is they have like sand paper like teeth
that looks like a common gray shark to me .
By TO BAD (24), hampton bay on Jul 22, 12 5:09 PM
Pretty sure it's called a sand "tiger" shark , sand sharks Are much smaller and called dog fish often caught fluke fishing , sand tigers have the teeth
By msport1400 (3), flanders on Jul 22, 12 5:30 PM
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pretty sure dogfish and sand sharks are different species entirely.Dogfish are very common in GArdners Bay. I have caught a ton bottom fishing. Dogfish look nothing like a sand shark.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jul 22, 12 7:18 PM
Wish they had mentioned that Little Albert's is a bay beach.
I know tons of people who are afraid of swimming in the ocean because they are afraid of sharks--lol
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Jul 23, 12 7:58 AM
This is a SAND TIGER (Latin: Carcharis taurus). "Sand shark" is a misnomer that conflates the SAND TIGER and the SANDBAR SHARK (Carcharhinus plumbeus). They both live inshore, including in bays and harbors, but the SANDBAR SHARK grows to about 8 feet while the SAND TIGER can exceed 10 feet. The both have teeth -- real teeth, not sandpaper -- and they are pelagic species. Relative to the crabs in that photo, this one looks like a pup.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on Jul 27, 12 12:40 PM