In a photo shared on social media, a baby white shark washed up on a beach at the Palm Beach zoo.
“She was pretty much swimming out onto the water,” Palm Beach Aquarium director of zoology Kevin O’Keefe said.
“It was just one of those rare things where we got a really good look at her and it was definitely a shark.”
O’Reilly, a graduate of the Palm Desert Zoo, said the photo was taken last week by a volunteer who was on vacation in Florida.
“We were just a couple of minutes out there, so it’s really surreal,” he said.
But not everyone was surprised by the baby shark’s appearance.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘Holy cow,'” Palm Beach Park ranger Kristi Elling said.
Elling, who has been with the park for 11 years, said it was only natural to be excited by a newborn shark.
“I don’t know if I’d be doing anything else,” she said.
After the baby washes ashore, park staff will determine if the animal is a resident or not, she said, adding the animal will be kept in quarantine until the animal recovers.
“If it’s a resident, then we’ll be able to monitor the situation and if there’s a reason for quarantine, we’ll make sure that it’s OK,” Elling told ABC News.
“But if it’s not, then they can go back to the beach and see what happens.”
Olin said the baby whale shark’s arrival at the park comes just days after another baby white whale washed ashore at the zoo.
In October, a white whale named Chub was discovered by a fisherman off the coast of Cape Cod.
The fisherman was able to collect a photo of the whale and a video of its movements.
The young white whale, nicknamed Chub, washed up in Palm Beach on Thursday and was taken to the Florida Aquarium for further assessment, O’Brien said.