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Girl Poses With Dead Shark, Prompts Warning Not To Touch Dead Sharks

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Well, at least it wasn't a selfie.

Marine wildlife experts in Australia issued a stern warning to beach goers after photos of a teen posing with a dead shark came to light.

The girl, who has not been identified, was among several people who came to check out a copper shark that washed up on Marcoola Beach, north of Brisbane on Wednesday morning.

She is shown straddling the dead, 10-foot shark in two photos published by the Sunshine Coast Daily. The photos proliferated on social media:

The newspaper reports:

Marcoola resident Chris Atkinson took his three sons down to see the shark up close.

"Two of them weren't game enough to get close. It still looked alive," he said. "I think everyone was surprised to see a shark that big wash up here."

Although plenty of people were fascinated by the shark, wildlife experts are warning people to keep their distance, even if the shark looks dead.

"The seasonal migration for the species of shark is in March and April, and they migrate from New South Wales so it is possible that it was migrating and possibly got washed onto the beach in high tide," Underwater World Sea Life Mooloolaba fishes curator Kate Willson said.

If the animal has just washed up on shore, Willson explained, there is a chance that it could still be alive.

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