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Sharks have been drawn to the Massachusetts coast by the plentiful seals in the area. Last week, researchers spotted a shark eating a seal and found themselves up close with the bloody aftermath.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy posted video Wednesday on social media of researchers on a boat off the Cape Cod town of Wellfleet.

In the video taken Aug. 2, researchers spot the shark eating a seal. Then the shark and seal disappear under the green water.

The shark goes under the researcher on the pulpit of the boat. And, as the researcher sticks a camera on a pole into the water to get a shot, the shark surfaces in a surge of bright-red, bloody water, shaking his head.


Underwater footage from the researcher’s camera shows the shark swimming by with what appears to be a half-eaten seal in his mouth.

The conservancy said the video was “a rarely seen window into the world of the Atlantic white shark in Cape Cod waters. The research team recorded this close up footage of a seal predation in clear water about 100 yards from the beach off Wellfleet, MA.”

The video was released as a shark sighting forced the closure of Head of the Meadow beach on Wednesday, for the second day in a row.

The video was released two days after the conservancy released another striking video that showed a white shark breaching the water below state shark expert Greg Skomal on the pulpit off Wellfleet on July 30. Skomal does a little two-step as the shark comes near his feet. He said he was wondering what was going through the shark’s mind, whether it was trying to scare him and swim off — or trying to eat him.

Other images of sharks off the coast have also made a splash this summer.


In early July, a shark approached a fishing charter boat in Cape Cod Bay before it jumped out of the water and snatched a striped bass being hauled aboard.

Later that month, a drone operator captured footage of a great white swimming within a few feet of an unsuspecting paddleboarder.

While researchers don’t have definitive numbers, Skomal told the Globe this week that this season seems to be more active for sharks than usual.

“It has been a busier season, that’s for sure,” he said. “I think there’s more sharks around than in previous years. . . . My gut says it’s been an increasing trend, but we’ll see if the data bears that out.”

Steve Annear of the Globe staff contributed to this report.