’18 trillion seals’ invade beaches on Monomoy Island in Cape Cod; video

Miles and miles of seals, as far as the eye can see, dot the beaches of Monomoy Island in Cape Cod.

Miles and miles of seals, as far as the eye can see, dot the beaches of Monomoy Island in Cape Cod.

Aaron Knight took a flight over Monomoy Island on Sunday and reported seeing “18 trillion seals” lying in a seemingly continuous line on the 8-mile stretch of sand extending southwest of Chatham, Cape Cod.

While “18 trillion” is a bit of an exaggeration, Knight told the Boston Globe he had never seen so many since he’s been watching the seals over the past few years. Seals stretched as far as the eye could see.

“They used to be in harems and small chunks dotted down the beach, but this year … it’s just astonishing,” he told the Globe. “It’s an infinite forever stretch of seals.”

And it is impressive:

“Gray, harp, ringed and hooded seals often hang around Cape Cod, according to the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown,” the Globe wrote.

Whatever the species, it’s quite a sight.

Knight has been a pilot for 10 years and sometimes takes family and friends to fly over the coast to view the seals. But to Knight, it was a scary sight this time.

Why? Because seals are the favorite food for great white sharks, which have been known to visit the area.

“It’s a continuous blubber buffet for the great whites,” Knight told the Globe.

So one could expect to see many more sightings of great white sharks in Cape Cod in the coming months — the scary part Knight was referring to.

Stay tuned.

h/t Boston.com

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