Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, tagged the first white shark of the season today off Nauset Beach, and the research team documented the second predation in one week! The ~12 ft white shark was 1/4 mile offshore when spotted. After being tagged Dr. Skomal named the shark Luke after his friend, a local fisherman who recently passed.

Great white shark Luke Cape Cod

This image is about 3 min. after initial strike, and the seal had already bled out. When the research team arrived on the scene 5 min. later, the seal was totally consumed.

White shark Luke

great white shark luke cape cod nauset beach

Here the shark’s taking a breather before finishing the remaining portion of the seal which is just to right of shark in this image.

white shark luke

The final mouthful

White shark luke

Here the shark is shredding the final remnants of its meal