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Huge great white shark dies after beaching on Cape Cod

Dozens of holiday beach-goers formed a bucket brigade to try to save a mammoth great white shark.
A stranded Great White shark on Whitecrest Beach in Mass. on Sept. 6, 2015. (Photo by Wellfleet, Massachusetts Police Department)
A stranded Great White shark on Whitecrest Beach in Mass. on Sept. 6, 2015.

Dozens of holiday beach-goers formed a bucket brigade to try to save a mammoth great white shark that beached itself over the weekend on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but the beast died, authorities said.

A stranded Great White shark on Whitecrest Beach in Mass. on Sept. 6, 2015.

At least 100 people at White Crest Beach for the Labor Day weekend rushed to help the 1-ton, 14-foot-long shark, which was reported beached at 8:09 a.m. Sunday, Wellfleet police said. Many of them relayed buckets of water to splash on the shark while specialists from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the National Park Service were called.

A stranded Great White shark on Whitecrest Beach in Mass. on Sept. 6, 2015.

Police said the shark was helped out to deeper water by a Shark Conservancy boat. The animal appeared to be injured, they said, and NBC station WJAR of Providence, Rhode Island, reported that the animal later died.

A stranded Great White shark on Whitecrest Beach in Mass. on Sept. 6, 2015. 

"It was gasping for air on the shore," a witness, Bill Bellrose, told WJAR. "It was big — it was a big shark."

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com