A Great White Shark Captured in Stunning Photos Killing a Seal in Maine
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Sue Fontaine had no idea what was going on until she got closer.
Sue talked to the Courier-Gazette about what happened off Owl's Head on a recent Sunday morning. She and her husband were in their boat about to get pictures of lighthouses when she spotted a seal. But the seal had red behind it, and they thought that it was hurt by getting tangled up in a net. What happened next was shocking and all captured with 116 photos, with over 80 posted on her Facebook page.
Great White Shark sightings have happened a lot this summer. With one spotted off Pemaquid Point and off Harpswell on July 7. But rarely is one captured getting dinner.
Many have commented that this looks like two sharks, but it's only one. That is the dorsal fin of the same shark.
From the time they approached the injured seal, to the time that it was gone was only six minutes.
Since there have been a lot of shark sightings, especially Great Whites, people are worried about being attacked. The Courier-Gazette noted that National Geographic says that there are over 100 shark attacks around the world, with a third coming from Great Whites. But most are not fatal in fact, National Geographic points out,
Research finds that great whites, which are naturally curious, often “sample bite” then release their human target. It’s not a terribly comforting distinction, but it does indicate that humans are not actually on the great white’s menu. Fatal attacks, experts say, are typically cases of mistaken identity: Swimmers and surfers can look a lot like their favorite prey — seals — when seen from below.
It's always disturbing to watch nature, but also fascinating. Sharks remain an obsession and fear for many of us, but it's nice to know we 'aren't on the menu' but this poor seal was. Thank you Sue for sharing with us.