Cape Cod beaches close after great white shark attacks seal

This photo provided by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce shows Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Mass. (AP Photo/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Margo Tabb)

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Officials say two Cape Cod beaches closed after visitors spotted a great white shark biting a seal and spitting it back out onto the beach.

Beachgoers at Nauset Light in Eastham, Massachusetts, saw the shark attack the seal at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, which resulted in a pool of blood. The seal was then thrown out of the water onto the beach, where it died.

A one-hour swimming suspension was issued for Nauset Light and Coast Guard beach, due to their proximity to each other. Paige Long, a dispatcher with the Cape Cod National Seashore, says that’s standard protocol.

Seals are a primary food source for great white sharks, which have been spotted in the Cape in increasing numbers over the years.
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