'Frozen solid' sharks found washed up on beach

A handful of sharks have washed up dead in the US after succumbing to the freezing temperatures sweeping the nation.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said three thresher sharks had been found, one completely frozen, on the shore of the Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, south of Boston since December 27.

The group said the first two sharks had most likely died due to a cold shock, while the third was frozen solid.

Three sharks have washed up on the US coastline after freezing temperatures. Source: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
Three sharks have washed up on the US coastline after freezing temperatures. Source: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
The sharks are believed to have been in the process of migrating. Source: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
The sharks are believed to have been in the process of migrating. Source: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

According to the group, the sharks were in the process of migrating.

"These sharks were mostly likely moving to the south with the warmer water and got caught in the hook of Cape Cod," they wrote online.

The minimum temperature for the Cape Cod region in December is normally around 1C, but this winter it has reached as low as -12C, The ABC reported.

One shark was completely frozen. Source: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
One shark was completely frozen. Source: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy collected data, organs, and tissue samples for examination in a bid to prevent further shark deaths.

Sea turtles were also affected by the cold snap with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sharing an image of 18 sea turtles off the coast of Galveston Island that were "cold-stunned by freezing air temperatures".

They have since been taken into rehabilitation and are on the road to recovery.

Even turtles have been feeling the effects of the cold weather. Source: NOAA
Even turtles have been feeling the effects of the cold weather. Source: NOAA
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