Well, here’s why beaches in Chatham were closed Thursday afternoon.
According to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, a seal met its fateful end in the waters north of the Cape Cod town’s Lighthouse Beach, due to the powerful jaws of a great white shark. Researchers spotted and posted photos on social media of the “half seal” floating in Chatham Harbor.
The research team saw this half seal floating inside Chatham Harbor today after a white shark predation on a seal north of Lighthouse Beach. pic.twitter.com/osrMlK1xXd
— Atlantic White Shark (@A_WhiteShark) August 10, 2017
The Chatham-based shark nonprofit reported the shark’s sighting in the harbor at 3:13 p.m. on its Sharktivity App. Local officials subsequently closed nearby beaches.
“We’re just making sure it’s not looking for an additional snack,” Dan Tobin, Chatham’s parks and recreation director, told The Boston Globe.
Unfortunately for the seal, the shark appeared to have had its fill.