Sand shark
A shoal of 50,000 sardines swim sand tiger sharks in a large fish tank during a press preview at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium in Yokohama, in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo, March 19, 2009. Getty Images/AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno

A man and a lifeguard rescued a sand shark that was washed up at the New Jersey Shore with bare hands, and received praises for rushing for help without thinking twice about the risk of attack from the shark.

The incident happened Sunday when beachgoers were relaxing, according to multiple reports. Lifeguards began warning swimmers to get to the shore after the shark was spotted heading to the beach. Panic erupted when the shark reached the shore.

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"The lifeguard just started whistling, and calling everybody in. We realized they saw a shark," Andrew Boris, who recorded the incident, told ABC-affiliate WABC-TV. "We saw it actually riding the waves, coming back into the shore."

"And this guy just walked up, just grabbed it with two hands, and like ran off with it," Boris said.

A video posted on a YouTube channel shows a man picking up the shark to rescue it and a female lifeguard then helping him. The man then carries the shark to the water alone.

"I don't know if he [the man] is a fisherman or just one of these manly guys who just goes and wrestles sharks for a living, but he just put both hands around it and lifted it up in the air like it was nothing," Boris was quoted as saying.

"One of the other lifeguards grabbed it from him, and then they tried to make their way out into the surf to try to let the shark go, but they kind of got into distress because they were a little too deep," he said. "So then the other lifeguard in the Sea Doo went out to rescue that guy and the shark, and he made this amazing one hand grab of the shark, held it over his head as he was going out and everyone was cheering."

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Boris also added the man and the lifeguard were not injured in the incident. "The guy rescued the shark, and then he rescued the guy who was trying to rescue the shark," he said. "They just kind of made their way out into the sunset."

A sand shark, also known as sand tiger shark, is the only species of shark known to come to the water surface to gulp air, according to National Geographic. The shark stores the air in its stomach. This lets the shark be motionless in the water when it hunts for prey.

“They [the sand sharks] store the air in their stomachs, which allows them to float motionless in the water, seeking prey. They are voracious predators, feeding at night and generally staying close to the bottom. Their staple is small fish, but they will eat crustaceans and squid as well. They occasionally hunt in groups, and have even been known to attack full fishing nets," according to National Geographic website.

Compared to other sharks, sand sharks are considered less aggressive and harmless unless provoked. They are common off the New Jersey Shore.