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WATCH: Man drags live shark out of sea at popular New York beach

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A video of a man catching a shark with his bare hands at the popular Smith Point Beach in  New York  has gone viral on social media.

 

The man is seen reeling in the rough-tooth shark with a hook line and then catching it by its tail. The shark struggles out of his grip a couple times before he can finally bring it out of the water.

The man then released the shark back into the sea.

One of the social media users posted: “I was there, it was the outer beach. That guy actually caught the same shark twice because after he catches it he tags it."

However, another user wrote, “Shark was caught while fishing for other fish. The Bolt cutters were used to cut the line. The shark was then released back in to the ocean."

According to Newsweek, ragged-tooth sharks or sand tigers typically stay close to the sandy seafloor between 30 and 750 feet deep. Since they are peaceful, these sharks are referred to as "labradors of the sea."

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has listed them as the most endangered shark species.