500-lb. great white shark washes up in California

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A great white shark washed up on a beach in Aptos on June 17, 2018. Photo: Giancarlo Thomae

A juvenile great white shark washed up at Beer Can Beach in Aptos on Father's Day.

Capt. Giancarlo Thomae, who has been kayaking alongside these sharks for three years, said the shark was 8 feet 9 inches long and weighed approximately 500 pounds. The shark appeared to be five  years old.

Thomae said the shark had numerous fresh puncture wounds and scars from feeding on sea lions, and even had sea lion fur in its jaws. The California State Park rangers took the carcass to the Hidden Beach ramp where four University of California at Santa Cruz researchers then took the shark to the animal to Long Marine Lab where a necropsy will be performed early next week.