Rare footage shows great white shark leaping after seal off Cape Cod

Great white shark tries but cannot catch acrobatic seal.

Shark researcher Greg Skomal on Monday captured rare and dramatic footage showing a great white shark leaping after a seal during an unsuccessful attack in the shallows off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Skomal, of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Resources and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, told GrindTV that his team was conducting its biweekly shark survey when an airplane spotter saw the shark hunting near a group of gray seals.

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“We watched the shark from a short distance,” Skomal said. “Most of the seals remained in water too shallow for the shark, but this seal approached from offshore. The shark and seal did not see each other, due to poor visibility, until they were very close. The shark charged the seal, which leaped out of the water.

“This is one of the first times a predation sequence has been observed for white sharks in the Atlantic.”

Cynthia Wigren, president of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, issued a statement describing the attack:

“The escape was incredible to witness. We’ve seen three predations over the last two years and this was a first — to watch a white shark leap from the water in an attempt to grab a gray seal. The seal won that battle but shortly after the same shark successfully consumed a different seal further offshore.”

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