BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Crowds gathered on the beach in Belmar, New Jersey Wednesday afternoon, after a dead shark was found washed up on the sand.

The shark was discovered washed ashore on the Eighth Avenue Beach around 3 p.m., according to Belmar police.

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The deceased shark was taken away, but not before crowds gathered to marvel at it.

One photo circulated on Twitter showed one woman squatting down close to the shark in what appeared to be an effort to get a close-up photograph.

The body of a shark was found on the beach in Belmar on Wednesday, June 10. (Credit: Kristen Barlow)

The body of a shark was found on the beach in Belmar on Wednesday, June 10. (Credit: Kristen Barlow)

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Others were seen in photos touching the dead shark’s fin and even poking its body.

The body of a shark was found on the beach in Belmar on Wednesday, June 10. (Credit: Stephanie Lidondici)

The body of a shark was found on the beach in Belmar on Wednesday, June 10. (Credit: Stephanie Lidondici)

Someone also apparently placed a flower next to the shark’s corpse before it was hauled off.

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A News 12 report said the 6-foot shark had some kind of injury near its mouth, and had been seen swimming close to shore earlier in the week.