A grey seal was let off the hook Saturday after a white shark bit the mammal and swam away, according to a YouTube video showing the bloody attack at a Truro beach.
Warning: the video embedded below contains scenes some might find disturbing.
In the video, the white shark bites the seal in shallow water at a beach off High Head Road, which is not uncommon behavior, according to Cynthia Wigren, executive director of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
“We’ve seen on multiple occasions a white shark bite once and wait for the seal to bleed out,” Wigren said. “It’s unclear if this occurred or if the seal was simply able to get away.”
The seal survived and made its way to shore as the shark swam back into deeper water.
According to Wigren, it’s possible to see white sharks off Truro in later months. Seal attacks are also not uncommon.
“We know from tagging data that white sharks can still be found in waters off Cape Cod in November,” she said. “We’ve seen white sharks chase seals in shallow waters and have also documented predations.”