The great white shark thrashes about in the water just meters from a crowded beach at Great Point in Nantucket, USA, before the sea turns red and someone yells, “Holy f****”
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A great white shark was filmed eating a seal near a crowded beach as the sea turned red with blood.
It was the first sighting of the summer season in New England, U.S., and officials warned beachgoers to be careful.
The incident comes two years after the last fatal shark attack in the region.
The footage was captured by Will Little on a boat near the Great Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Sunday.
The shark can be seen thrashing about in the water while people behind the camera urge the seal to flee, shouting, “Go! Swim!”
But when the big predator strikes, one person says, “Oh god, you can see the blood!”
Another added: “Holy shit!”
In the background of the video, blood can be seen filling the water just a few hundred yards from the beach.
Shark season is just beginning but is not expected to peak in the region until late summer and early fall.
The clip was originally posted online by local news outlet Nantucket Current before being retweeted by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Monday.
The AWSC tweet adds, “As the summer season approaches, remember to report your great white shark sightings to the Sharktivity app!”
Crowdsourcing these “critical data points” helps reduce encounters and promote safety, according to the organization.
The New England Aquarium is partnering with AWSC this summer to analyze video footage collected by the app to keep people updated on sightings.
Beachgoers and swimmers are urged not to wade above waist height into outer waters, as great white sharks spend much of their time in water less than 15 feet deep, reports said NBC Boston.
Purple flags warn of sharks in New England, with authorities keen that beachgoers can coexist with them as the predators rarely attack humans.
In the last fatal shark attack in the region, Julie Diimperio Holowach of New York was killed off the coast of Maine in July 2020.
Eyewitnesses said the 63-year-old appeared to be enjoying being in the sea with her daughter and was seen laughing near Bailey Island, Harpswell, before the attack.
The Sharktivity app was developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Cape Cod National Seashore and officials from the cities of Cape Cod and South Shore.
The goal is to raise awareness of the presence of great white sharks off the coast of New England, which consists of the northeastern United States region that includes the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
“The app sightings are fed by researchers, security officials and users who upload photos for confirmation,” a statement on the AWSC website said.
“By allowing app users to report shark sightings and upload photos for confirmation, we are effectively obtaining critical data points on where sharks are sightings to reduce encounters and promote safety.
“Shark data with acoustic tags and Smart Position and Temperature Tags (SPOT) are also available in the app.”
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