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August 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

6-foot salmon shark dies in Bellingham

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officer Zach Gaston looks at a dead five-six foot salmon shark removed from Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wa., Tuesday morning, Aug. 19, 2013. while officer Joshua Koontz ties it down in a truck. The cause of the shark's death is under investigation. (AP Photo/The Bellingham Herald, Philip A. Dwyer)

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officer Zach Gaston looks at a dead five-six foot salmon shark removed from Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham on Tuesday. while Officer Joshua Koontz ties it down in a truck. The cause of the shark’s death is under investigation. (AP Photo/The Bellingham Herald, Philip A. Dwyer)

BELLINGHAM  (AP) — A 6-foot salmon shark appeared to be stranded in Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham Tuesday morning and was dead when Washington Fish and Wildlife officers arrived.

The officers removed the shark so the cause of death could be investigated.

A spokesman for the Marine Live Center at the Port of Bellingham told The Bellingham Herald the shark was not in good health.

Salmon sharks are typically found in the open ocean or coastal waters.

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