Cold weather likely kills sharks along Cape Cod coast

A pair of male thresher sharks that washed up on the shore of Cape Cod were likely killed by cold waters, according to a shark conservation group. (The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy)

A pair of male thresher sharks that washed up on the shore of Cape Cod were likely killed by cold waters, according to a shark conservation group.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said the sharks were found dead Wednesday.

"Working with Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and NOAA Fisheries Service, the AWSC team was called out to two thresher shark strandings along the Cape today," the group posted on social media. "Both of these male sharks were nearly the same size and likely stranded due to cold shock."

The conservancy's program director, Michelle Wcisel, told the Boston Globe that both sharks were about 14 feet long.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said they collected "morphometric data, organs, and tissue samples," which will be examined as soon as they thaw.

"If you spot something strange on the beach in the Cape, you can always send us a message," the group said. "Make sure you get both a picture and location."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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