Watch: Shark chows down on seal off Cape Cod
Researchers from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy had one word to describe video captured this week of a great white shark biting into the remains of a seal underwater: “Badass.”
The conservancy, a nonprofit organization based on Cape Cod, posted footage of the shark enjoying its meal to Facebook and Twitter late Tuesday night.
The group, which goes out on a boat twice weekly during the great white season to tag and study the ferocious creatures, said the video was taken by state biologist Greg Skomal during an expedition Monday.
After witnessing a predation off the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham, researchers said the shark then carried the remains of the seal past their vessel. Skomal plunged a GoPro camera affixed to a long pole into the water to record the action.
“Best way to describe the footage . . . Badass!” the conservancy said in an enthusiastic Facebook post.
The video shows the shark swimming toward the camera, thrashing back and forth with a piece of the seal’s body in its jaws. The shark then fades back into the murky emerald waters with its catch in tow.
“Dr. Skomal has captured footage of a white shark ‘rag dolling’ a seal above the [ocean’s] surface, but this is the first [time] underwater,” the conservancy said in a statement to the Globe.
Conservancy officials said this particular shark has been to Cape Cod waters before. The 11-foot-long female was documented by the group and nicknamed “Mrs. Krabs” in 2015.