A great white shark went to town over the weekend off Nantucket as it feasted on a whale carcass — a snack that fishermen got to see up-close and personal.
Norm Frazee out on Bill Fisher Tackle’s boat captured the shark meal on video, which was shared by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
“A little too close for me,” a person on the boat said as the shark swam by heading straight toward the whale carcass. “He’s coming in for a bite.”
The great white sharks that are larger than 12 feet won’t pass up a whale carcass, said Tom King, a shark expert from Scituate.
“The smaller sharks are still interested in fish, but when they grow they need more nourishment and turn toward whales,” he said. “That’s what they need for nourishment.
“You’ve got to expect that to happen,” King added of the whale feast.
Beautiful views of a white shark taken yesterday off Nantucket. Videos and photo taken by @normfrazee out with@billfishertackle. pic.twitter.com/7HpJzQuUM0
— Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (@A_WhiteShark) August 9, 2020
Meanwhile, a spate of shark sightings on Monday along the Cape shut down numerous beaches to swimming.
Some of the beaches that closed temporarily included Nauset Public Beach in Orleans, Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, and Ballston Beach in Truro.
In Rhode Island over the weekend, a blue shark was rescued by the Department of Environmental Management.
“Yesterday officers from DEM’s Division of Law Enforcement responded to the report of a stranded shark on the shoreline in Little Compton,” the Rhode Island department tweeted. “An environmental police rescue swimmer + patrol boat assisted the shark to deeper water where it will have a much better chance of survival.”