Santa Cruz Great White Shark died from infection attacking nervous system

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
This is an image of the Great White Shark that beached in Santa Cruz and died on Friday, April 7,2017.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Experts say the dead Great White Shark that beached in Santa Cruz Friday was infected by an unknown pathogen that was attacking the shark's nervous system.

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The distressed young adult male became stranded in the shallow water off Pleasure Point, a popular surfing spot between Santa Cruz and Capitola.

Several people tried to get it back into the ocean, but it kept washing back on shore.

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