Beached shark along Oregon Coast gives families a scare

PACIFIC CITY, Ore. — Walking along the beach in Pacific City on Sunday, friends Julie Hurliman and Jill Boyer couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

A small, gray shark with a white belly was swimming in the shallow water near the shore, moving closer and closer to dry land, where it eventually beached itself.

It appeared healthy, said Hurliman via phone Tuesday.

“My kids were convinced it was a baby great white,” she said laughing.

The pair, with their children in tow, called the non-emergency line of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Experts responded to the Pacific City beach and helped launch the

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