A rare species of shark was spotted about a mile off the shore of a Mediterranean resort city in central Israel.
In what was described as a “unusual sighting,” a dusky shark was seen near Netanya. A passerby first saw the creature, described as “a huge shark, really big” and quickly captured it on video. Then, the Hebrew website Walla identified the fish for the masses.
Adi Sharash, a doctoral student at the University of Haifa, told Walla that the shark is not dangerous and occasionally can be seen in the area due to the warm waters near the coast.
National Geographic describes the dusky shark, also known as bronze or black whalers, are long-distance swimmers known for seasonal, temperature-driven migrations that males and females undertake in separate groups.
Sharash said that the shark in question may be ill or injured, as surface encounters are rare and uncharacteristic.
The dusky shark spotted near Netanya was around 10 feet long and believed to weigh around 400 pounds.