Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Shark Attacks Seal Near Surfers Off Cape Cod

Shark Attacks Seal Near Surfers Off Cape Cod

Pat O'Brien, whose Twitter account posted the video (taken by his nephew) told WBZ that those on the sand yelled to the surfers that there was a shark and to swim away.

A shark appeared and killed a seal not far from the shore in front of terrified beachgoers at Nauset Beach near Chatham, about two hours south of Boston. Two teenager surfers from Brooklyn were also nearby and swam desperately to land. Ballston Beach, Longnook Beach, Coast Guard Beach, Head of the Meadow Beach and Nauset Beach were temporarily closed because of shark activity.

Added Schlanger: "I was just, like, pulling my board, and people were yelling, 'Get out of the water, get out of the water!' I thought I was dead".

Recalling the horrific moment O'Brien said he noticed two teenage surfers struggling to return to the shore, according to Boston 25.

Blood-stained water caused panic among Cape Cod beachgoers on Monday as a shark attack on a seal sparked fears that a person had been bitten.

This is not the first time that a shark has attacked a seal so close to the beach in the Cape Cod region.

"I was in the water with my daughter", he said.

"We were all yelling 'Swim!"

"I see people running, people screaming and running and I thought the eclipse so I look up at the sky I couldn't find it", said Schlinger.

"It was a close call but thank God we're all safe", O'Brien said. O'Brien and another person reportedly helped pull them to safety. "We got him out okay, and then the seal just kept going down, and the blood was just everywhere".

"Definitely gives me a different perspective on a beach I've been to my whole life", Wade said.

Numerous sharks have been tagged and spotted by researchers off the coast of Cape Cod this summer, including an 11-foot shark dubbed "Hunter" that was first tagged off SC and subsequently spotted near.

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