"It took four attempts and my son eventually helped as well," Twachtman wrote. "They carried it 200 yards down the shore to a spot they could get it to deeper water. It worked and they saved it!"
Dogfish sharks are among the most common sharks in the world, so some might see little urgency in preserving the life of that single individual. But, as Ali Twachtman's actions prove, the shark's life was still worth saving because, in the end, it meant everything to him.