BOSTON (AP) — The man who led the rescue of a great white shark stranded on a Cape Cod beach credits beachgoers for playing a key role.

Scientist Greg Skomal says they did the right thing by keeping the shark alive without touching what could have been a dangerous animal.

Beachgoers at South Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, used buckets to splash water on the 7-foot shark Monday until officials towed it into open water.

Skomal is senior marine fisheries scientist for the state and says the shark was swimming in shallow water when the tide dropped quickly. He says that larger basking sharks sometimes get stranded but usually white sharks don’t.

Once back in open water, the shark was swimming on its own and appeared to be doing well.

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