Instead of sunbathing and building sandcastles, holidaymakers on Cape Cod on Sunday spent one of the last days of summer trying to rescue a beached great white shark.

After the 14-foot shark became stranded on the shore of Whitecrest Beach, crowds poured water on the creature and began digging a trench in an attempt to free it, spectator Robyn Schnaible wrote on Vimeo. Estimated to weigh around 2,000 pounds, the shark was eventually pulled back out to sea with the help of rope, people power and a boat, but sadly, it did not swim off.

Shark expert Greg Skomal, who performed a necropsy on the animal after it died, told the Boston Globe saving the shark would have been a tough proposition. “There’s only so much you can do — it’s a fish out of water,” he said. “They’re basically drowning.” Read more…

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Beachgoers band together to rescue a 2,000-pound great white shark