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Shark Eats Seal in Front of Massachusetts Beachgoers

Vacationers on Nauset Beach in Orleans, on Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, witnessed one of nature’s more startling occurrences as a great white shark feasted on a seal a few feet from the shoreline on August 14. Beachgoer Megan Haggett provided the video to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, who posted the footage to Twitter with the warning, “A number of predations have been witnessed recently off Callanan’s Pass (north of the public beach)." The conservancy also said, “We remind Cape residents and visitors that August–October are the peak months of white shark activity off our coast. Please adhere to all signage and flag warnings at beaches and follow instructions of the lifeguards.” Haggett told the Boston Globe that her husband, David, and their two young children witnessed the predation with her; she described it as “scary.” She also said, “It felt like it was right in front of us” and mentioned that there was a lot of seal activity that day. The beach was temporarily closed to swimmers at 11.30 am on Thursday, August 15, according to the same report. Nauset Beach had more shark sightings this August than any other beach near Cape Cod and the Islands so far, according to a tally by the Boston Globe. According to the New York Times, “Great white sharks had become increasingly prevalent along the Cape’s beaches, attracted by the expanding population of gray seals.” Credit: Megan Haggett via Storyful
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