The body of a dead shark has been discovered washed up on Papamoa Beach this morning.
Estimated to be about three metres long, the shark was spotted by a Papamoa local on the shoreline near the Parton Road end of the beach at about 8am.
Phil Adlam, who found the shark, says it appears to have been sliced open, but he was unsure whether not it suffered the gash while it was alive or after it had washed ashore.
The J-shaped gash extends from the shark's gills to the top of its head and down to the tail.
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