No, it’s not safe to go into the water!
The great white shark is the ocean’s most feared predator. And the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy posted some photos on Facebook early this week that perfectly display what that fear is founded upon. The Conservancy posted a series of photos of a great white attack on a grey seal.
It’s easy to see why the photos evoke flashbacks of Jaws. The seal was attacked in very close proximity to the beach and shows a massive red spot in the ocean as the shark ripped the seal apart. The photos were taken in the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge by the conservancy’s spotter pilot Wayne Davis.
In at least one photo, the shark can be seen lurking nearby the slick blood patch.
The images are quite dramatic and shocking, but that’s part of nature. If anything, it helps serve as a great reminder of the cruelties of nature. Perhaps it’s a sign of changing attitudes towards sharks that most of the comments on the White Shark Conservancy’s Facebook page were of a positive nature.
It does seem like the public overall now has a healthy respect for these great predators and a greater understanding attacks on humans are rare. Still, I don’t know about you, but these photos are enough to keep me out of the water in the future!