A shark has washed up on an Auckland beach this morning.

Residents in the suburb of Hillsborough spotted it on nearby Aldersgate Reserve.

A local woman told Fairfax she had earlier seen who she thought were fisherman releasing it from a net. However, it did not swim away.

The resident said the shark was thrashing around in the shallows but it failed to get back into the deeper water.

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Another resident, Donna Lofthouse, told the publication she had seen a family trying to pull the shark out of their fishing net by the tail, in an attempt to get it into deeper waters.