The Beast just came across this story published today on the WHDH News Site:
ORLEANS, Mass. — Evidence of a bloody attack has washed ashore on Nauset Beach in Orleans. The victim was a seal, not a person. But people are still concerned that a shark came so close.
Joe Deetz’s family said they saw a shark devour a seal right before their eyes — in the shallow water only 50 ft. from shore
Now the family is scared to… yes… go back into the water.
“I could have been the seal,” said Dayton Deetz.
Police have not yet confirmed it was in fact a shark attack.
This, also, from the Cape Cod Times:
August 06, 2007
CHATHAM – Beachgoers on the north side of Nauset Beach saw an unusual sight Saturday night. Around 6 p.m., several people reported seeing a shark eating a seal, Chatham police Lt. John Cauble said.
The seal briefly washed up on the shore, but then drifted back into the water, Cauble said.
Most swimmers had already left the water by that hour, and no one was injured.
Beach patrols and harbor masters from Chatham and Orleans were notified, and are on the lookout for anything suspicious, although normal swimming rules are in effect, Cauble said.
This is the first shark sighting at Nauset this summer, he said. It is not clear what species of shark it was that people saw
As reported on this blog last year, a Great White Shark attacked a seal not fifty feet from shore at neighboring Lighthouse Beach.
We seem to be seeing a pattern developing here. This is The Beast story from last year’s attack at Lighthouse beach, literally the next beach down from Nauset:
From “Cape Cod Online”, July 18, 2006:
On Lighthouse Beach, witnesses said they saw a 15-foot great white spring from the water and devour a seal swimming about 50 feet off shore. Officials could not confirm that a shark had entered shallow waters.
But for a handful of people who saw the attack, about 1½ miles from the lighthouse, there was no doubt.
”Somebody screamed, ‘Shark!”’ said E.J. Corb, 15, of Chatham, who works at Chatham Beach Company surf shop. ”I saw the fin and the back tail. And it just took down the seal.
”Three minutes later, the seal carcass just popped up again.”
”We all know they are in the water there,” Corb added. ”But we don’t expect it to come that close.”
Coast Guard officials said they heard the great white reports, but they were unable to confirm them.
”We’ve had sightings before,” said Petty Officer Brent Beebe, who is stationed at the Coast Guard Chatham station. ”Is it common? Well, they’re out there. But it’s not an everyday thing.”
Lee Tallman, the assistant harbormaster in Chatham, said town boats were looking for the animal. But by early evening, there were no confirmed sightings.
What brought a shark the size of a Ford Windstar van a mere two school bus-lengths away from shore on a public beach?
A seal. And guess what? There’s TONS of seals now.
There are even more seals this year than last – and guess what? Another attack in the same area at about the same time of year.
Got to make you wonder.