A GREAT white shark has been caught on camera turning a seashore bright red as it devoured a seal.
The shocking attack happened in the shallow waters of a Massachusetts beach in the US.
The footage shows the sea turning redCredit: Fox News
The video was captured by beachgoer Corey Nunes in Provincetown on Thursday.
It serves as a stark reminder that October is a peak season for shark activity in that area.
A seal swimming close to the sand on Race Point Beach stood no chance when the great white shark appeared.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shared the attack on Facebook and said: “This is another good reminder that white sharks hunt in shallow waters off the Cape and, based on tagging data, we know that October is a peak season month for white shark activity off the Cape.”
The shark’s large fin was clearly visibleCredit: Fox News
The shark was very close to the shoreCredit: Fox News
The shark was swimming around in the shallow waters before it attacked the seal and red blood could be seen spurting into the ocean.
The dramatic scene involved a lot of thrashing around from the shark and happened just feet from shocked spectators.
The whole attack occurred just a few feet from the beach
According to Sharktivity, at least six sharks had been in the area in a 48-hour period when the attack took place.
Last year saw 41 reported US shark attacks but none were said to be fatal.
Sharks are dangerous predators but they don’t usually go out of their way to attack humans.
Instead, they feed on fish and other marine life like seals.
Great White Sharks – the facts
Here’s what you need to know…
- The great white shark is a species of the large mackerel shark
- They’re typically found in the costal surface waters of all major oceans
- Great whites are famous for their size
- Females are bigger than males, growing up to 6.1 metres, or 20 feet, in length
- At full maturity, a great white can weigh up to 1,905 kilograms, or 4,200 pounds
- A 2014 study revealed that the lifespan of a great white shark is estimated at 70 years or longer
- Great white sharks can swim at speeds of over 56km/h or 35mph
- And they can swim to depths of 1,200m, or 3,900 feet
- Experts believe that great whites have no natural predators, other than the killer whale in very rare instances
- Great whites became part of the popular imagination after the 1974 novel Jaws, and the later Steven Spielberg film adaptation
- Humans aren’t the natural prey of great whites, but they’re responsible for the largest number of unprovoked shark attacks on humans
In other animal news, whales, dolphins and porpoises are facing ‘imminent’ extinction, according to over 350 experts.
An amateur fisherman has snared the first ever “albino” shark caught off the coast of Britain.
And, scary megalodon sharks that roamed our oceans millions of years ago could grow to over 50 feet, according to a new study.
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