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Seal meets bloody end in shark encounter

Wayne Davis/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

In a series of dramatic photos, a local wildlife group just reminded us how rough nature can be.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy used its Facebook page to post images of a white shark eating a grey seal in the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge near Chatham.

The images are taken from a distance, but are strikingly graphic, as a bright plume of blood spreads across the water. The shark itself can be seen lingering nearby.

The sharks may grow to up to 22 to 23 feet long, and typically hunt marine animals such as seals, dolphins and sea lions.


White sharks may be dangerous to their prey, but biologists warn they are far from the villain featured in the horror film “Jaws” — the conservancy refers to sharks as “misrepresented and misunderstood” on its website.

Though the animals can be a risk, they are rare and vulnerable to overfishing by humans, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Of course they are. But then, you’ll probably double check the water next time you’re at the beach, too.

John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com