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Beachgoers rescue a stranded great white shark on Cape Cod beach

Something tells us when a great white shark washed up on the beach in Chatham, Mass., on Monday, beachgoers were done with swimming for the day.

But a video of the 7-foot juvenile great white shows many of those beachgoers gathering around the shark to dump buckets of water on it, keeping it alive until rescuers could arrive. From a distance, of course. The shark is shown writhing around on its back in the sand after being beached while trying to catch seagulls, a caption in the video says.

BuzzFeed reports that officials debated whether or not to save the shark – especially considering the multiple shark attacks off the Carolina coasts in June – but quickly worked to tow the shark 1 mile offshore into deeper, safer waters, allowing the shark to swim away.