Cape Town’s busiest shark month of the year is going with a bang as a shark watcher captured a graphic photo of a great white shark attacking a seal on Tuesday, while two sharks feasted on a carcass.
Meanwhile, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app has lit up in recent days with numerous shark alerts as apex predators are spotted near shore, looking to munch on seals.
One such event of predation by a white shark on a seal was reported Tuesday just south of Nauset Beach in Orleans. An observer took a graphic photo of the aftermath of the attack.
Additionally, two sharks in Cape Cod Bay were spotted feeding on a carcass this week. The majority of shark sightings are along the Outer Cape, but many sharks are also seen in the bay at this time of year.
“It is important to note that white sharks are still in the area, hunting and feeding on seals in the shallow waters,” the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy tweeted on Tuesday.
“AWSC is working with local municipalities, @CapeCodNPS and @MassDMF, to produce beach shark warning signs, flags and brochures that provide education and guidance,” AWSC added.
Other shark sightings in recent days include three sharks spotted about 200 yards off Callanan’s Pass in Orleans, two sharks spotted by a pilot along Eastham and a shark seen about 50 feet off Nauset Beach in Orleans. A pilot also reported seeing a white shark a few hundred yards off North Beach Island in Chatham.
Some of the tagged sharks that have been spotted along the Cape in recent days include the 9ft female named Kendel; the 9-foot male named Cheerio; the 11-foot male named Iceland; the 11-foot male named Gooz; and the 13-foot male named Ronald Tarentino Jr.
White shark sightings aren’t just limited to Cape Cod these days. A spotter Tuesday in Saco Bay, Maine, reported seeing a great white shark cruising along the surface just off Ferry Beach State Park.
The Great Whites hunt seals close to shore along the Cape during the summer and early fall. August is the busiest month for sharks in the region, according to shark detection data from recent years on tagged white sharks.
Last year, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy reported more than 63,000 shark detections in August.
The second busiest month was September (33,775 shark detections), followed by October (31,023) and then July (17,841).