A juvenile thresher shark washed up on the Oregon Coast Wednesday afternoon, gathering curious onlookers to the beach in Manzanita.
The 9-foot-long creature, a female thought to be four or five years old, was reportedly alive when it came ashore, but died shortly thereafter, according to officials from the Seaside Aquarium.
While the animals are native to Oregon waters, they are more commonly found off the California coast. In the spring and summer, adults and young sharks move to waters close to shore to feed on herring,sardines and other small fish. They use their tail to beat the water,