A 7.5 meters long shark was discovered by authorities in Massachusetts, USA, on Friday.
It was sunbathing just 180 meters from the beach in Cape Cod.
Police said the shark was a basking shark, which is known for its slow movements and sunbathing in the waters.
Experts now calms all bathers that the shark is mostly harmless to humans as it does not eat meat, only plankton.
Shark enthusiasts call the basking shark "the kind giant" which is prevalent in most temperate waters.
The basking shark is the second largest living fish, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark.
It is a cosmopolitan migratory species, found in all the world's temperate oceans.
The teeth have a single conical cusp, are curved backwards, and are the same on both the upper and lower jaws.
It has long been a commercially important fish, as a source of food, shark fin, animal feed, and shark liver oil. Over-exploitation has reduced its populations to the point where some have disappeared and others need protection.
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