Check out this Boston Globe article.
Seal death is blamed on a great white shark
Officials say case has trademarks of attack
The animal that was spotted eating a seal last weekend off North Beach in Chatham was probably a great white shark, state officials said yesterday
Lisa Capone, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, said that a shark specialist for the state had examined photos of the seal’s carcass and interviewed witnesses and that the case “has the look of great white shark predation.”
She said great whites are lone animals that travel 30 to 50 miles a day and have a slow metabolism, so that they can go several weeks or even up to a couple of months between feedings.
“It’s likely far away, not going to eat again, and it was alone,” she said.
Note all the mealy passive prose in this article – “The animal that was spotted eating a seal last weekend off North Beach in Chatham was probably a great white…” oh – and according to the title it was not a Shark Attack it was a “Seal Death”.
According to eyewitnesses this shark was not just “spotted eating a seal”, this fish breached fully out of the water in a spray of froth and blood. It was a full-bore attack right out of the Discovery Channel. We don’t get that information until the very end of the article.
Skomal said what witnesses described was a textbook attack, with a sudden violent “commotion in the water that resulted in a cloud of blood spray,” followed by a period in which the shark circled before returning to eat its prey. Only the head and the fins of the seal washed ashore, which, Skomal said, was also indicative of an attack by a great white.
Consider, also, the strangely selective view of history . The article points out quite clearly (and correctly) that “The last shark-related death in New England was in 1936.” Yet more recent history – the fact this is the second seal attack by a Great White Shark in a bathing area off of that stretch of beach in two years has been forgotten already. Or at least not mentioned.
Add to this the stunning incuriosity as to why it was there in the first place. No mention of seal overpopulation problems in the area at all. Nope, nothing to see here, folks. Get your butts back into the water.
For a more thorough look at the issue, Cape Cod Times has a good piece here: Great white sharks in Cape waters?