Lifeguards Face Down Dusky Shark in Virginia Beach

by | Aug 22, 2018 | WTF?!

In a summer full of ecological terrors, from gigantic hogweed terror plants to snakes emerging from toilets, to an increase in snake sightings throughout the Commonwealth, along with great whites being pinged off the coast; now a dusky shark washed up on the shore of Resort City. Coincidence? Only if you believe in that kind of thing.

According to the Virginia Pilot, on Sunday right after the tide had receded, swimmers on the North End of the beach started yelling and screaming “shark”. American hero Chet Meachum, who moonlights as a lifeguard in-between his job as a mortgage banker was quoted as saying, “it was like a scene out of Jaws.” Climbing down from the iconic lifeguard stations on Virginia Beach’s oceanfront, he promptly ordered everyone out of the water, telling the Virginia Pilot, “You could see the dorsal fin and the tail in the shorebreak.”

Photo of Dusky Shark by Melissa Brownstein

Meachum said the shark washed up on the beach and when people crowded around it, he nudged it back into the water with a buoy. For anyone who has ever watched “Sharknado,” “Ghost Shark,” “The Meg,” or any other cinematic masterpiece surrounding Selachimorphas, what comes next is wrought with terror: that moment when you think the shark has perished – only to find it has one last bite in them – taking an unsuspecting tourist with them.

Luckily that didn’t happen (this time) as Meachum’s supervisor, also an American hero, eventually pulled the shark (by its tail) back up on the beach as it floated down the oceanfront. The shark, identified as a dusky or Carcharhinus obscurus, by the experts at the Virginia Aquarium is considered long-distance apex predators. The Florida Museum at the University of Florida classifies them as potentially dangerous, saying, “Although it has been associated with few attacks, the dusky shark is considered potentially harmful. This is due in large part to its large size and tendency to inhabit shallow coastal waters.”

This shark sighting comes about a month after two great whites were pinged off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina by the Global Shark Tracker.

RVA Staff

RVA Staff

Since 2005, the dedicated team at RVA Magazine, known as RVA Staff, has been delivering the cultural news that matters in Richmond, VA. This talented group of professionals is committed to keeping you informed about the events and happenings in the city.

more in community

A Guide to The Perfect Goth Date in Richmond

For those who dare to embrace the darker side of love, writer Lauren Vincelli unveils an array of gothic date spots across the city in time for Valentine's Day. From eerie matinees at Dracula ballets to sultry nights filled with sugar baby shopping sprees and...

Rent Control Measures Fail to Progress in Legislative Session

Anti Rent Gouging Bills to Cap Rent Increases Don’t Advance This Session State lawmakers did not advance legislation this session that aimed to slow rising rent prices, although affordable housing remains a big concern for constituents.  Two proposed bills would have...

Gun Laws Hogg the Limelight

Correction: In an email from the communication director for the Virginia Attorney General said that, “Ceasefire Virginia and all of its' marketing, including the TV ads, is being paid for with criminal asset forfeiture funds - no tax dollars are being spent.” In a...

Richmond Comedian Patrick Logan Will Make You Laugh

Hello readers! In today's edition, we're diving back into the world of Richmond comedy and chatting with Patrick Logan, the host of "Another Round of Comedy" at Another Round Bar and Grill in Richmond, Virginia. Patrick is a rising star in the local comedy scene, and...

New Amphitheater Threatens Riverfront’s Environment

Original post made on July 17, 2022 by Scott Burger of Oregon Hill News and reposted here with permission. For updated information on the Richmond Riverfront Amphitheater, we wrote about it HERE and HERE When I moved to Richmond in the early nineties, it was a much...

Pin It on Pinterest