The bodies of nearly 60 spiny dogfish sharks have washed up on the beaches of Atlantic County.

While officials stress that there is no cause for concern from an environmental perspective, there is still no real explanation as to how the animals died. One theory surrounded a broken fishing net, but since dogfish aren't a valuable species, it's unlikely that fishermen would be trying to catch them.

Jason Snellbaker of the Division of Fish and Wildlife thinks the spiny dogfish could have "gotten caught on a salt marsh in the bay during an extreme high tide followed by an outgoing tide, dying either there or in a tidal pool. Another high tide may have carried the dogfish to sea, and strong with strong winds pushing them onto the beach."

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