A beach-goer at Cape Cod National Seashore witnessed the gruesome part of nature when a great white shark attacked a grey seal just feet from shore.
The scene unfolded in the shallow waters of a Truro, Massachusetts, beach off High Head Road on Saturday and was videotaped by Kenvor Cothey.
The great white shark bit the seal but failed to finish it off, as the bleeding seal can be seen crawling onto the sand.
Cynthia Wigren, executive director of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, told the Boston Globe this was not uncommon behavior.
“We've seen on multiple occasions a white shark bite once and wait for the seal to bleed out,” Wigren told the Globe. “It’s unclear if this occurred or if the seal was simply able to get away.”
The Globe also reported that the seal survived, though we think otherwise, considering its wound.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy wrote on Facebook that the shark can be seen struggling a bit to get back into deeper water.
"This is what we believe may be happening when white sharks strand on Cape Cod," the conservancy said.
Great white sharks rarely get stranded on beaches, but Cape Cod is notorious for the phenomenon. Three sharks became stranded last year with one being saved when officials towed it out into open water.
The first stranding this season was in late October when a 12-foot great white shark was discovered on Nauset Beach in Orleans. Experts were unable to save it.
Those sharks were likely chasing seals.
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