Great white shark stranded on beach in Massachusetts

The great white shark was believed to have been chasing seagulls when it landed on the shore -- of a popular tourist beach in Massachusetts -- while trying to catch them.
The great white shark was believed to have been chasing seagulls when it landed on the shore -- of a popular tourist beach in Massachusetts -- while trying to catch them. PHOTO: MIKE BARTEL / YOUTUBE

A shark washed up on the shore of a popular tourist beach in Massachusetts, shocking beachgoers on Monday (July 13).

The great white was believed to have been chasing seagulls when it landed on the shore while trying to catch them, the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reported.

In a video, the two-metre shark was seen wriggling on its back in the sand.

Eyewitness Kelly Skanell told SMH: "There was no way for the shark to get to where it could swim, so it just kept flapping and moving over."

Two men were also seen splashing buckets of water on it to keep it wet.

Officials rescued the shark by attaching a rope to its rear fin and pulling it back into the water. The shark was eventually towed out to the sea where it swam away.