New Video: Great White Shark Leaps After Seal in Cape Cod
The dramatic behavior, usually observed off South Africa, is rare for the eastern U.S., according to shark experts.
This one's a nail-biter: A seal desperately twists and turns to escape the toothy predator leaping out of the water in a quest for its next meal.
Researchers caught this macabre ballet between a great white shark and a grey seal on Monday, and video of the chase has since gone viral. Most such instances are captured on camera in South Africa. But this time, the drama played out off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The seal in the video looked like it was coming closer to shore when it encountered the predator, says Greg Skomal, a shark expert with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries in New Bedford. The roughly 12-foot (4-meter) white shark researchers have nicknamed "Lumpy" was unaware