THREE white sharks have been depicted preying on a dead whale – a few days after the first sighting of the year.
The predators devoured the humpback when they tore it to pieces on Wednesday off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Officials at the Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket were informed on Tuesday that a dead whale had been floating in Madaket Harbor for several days, the Boston Herald reported.
Researcher Peter Corkeron, from the Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, labeled a dead whale as the “biggest smorgasbord” of a shark.
Marine experts have admitted that there has been an increase in “unusual” humpback whale deaths over the past six years.
NOAA Fisheries data has revealed that there have been 33 humpback whale strandings in Massachusetts since 2016.
New York has seen 32, North Carolina, 22, while there have been 16 in New Jersey.
Officials have only reported three humpback whale strandings in Florida over a six-year period.
The sight comes a few days after a large white was seen off the coast of Massachusetts on Memorial Day.
Footage captured the moment the beast chopped down on a seal while swimming near the water on a Nantucket beach on May 29th.
Sharks often tend to lurk in water that is less than 15 feet.
Beachgoers wading in Cape Cod waters have been urged to stay close to shore so they can be rescued if they encounter a shark.
Three large whites were also spotted off the coast of North Carolina in April.
A 990-pound shark named Ulysses was spotted on April 6, while a young weighing 700 pounds was spotted on April 10.
The largest shark discovered was a beast named Mahone, which measured 13 feet and 7 inches.
And footage shared online showed a ten-foot-tall mako shark fluttering as it was washed up on the beach in Long Island, New York.
The animal was seen by a fisherman at Point Lookout, News 12 reported.
The fisherman called the Department of Environmental Conversation for help after realizing the sea creature was fighting.
But the shark had disappeared by the time the crews had reached the beach.
Footage of the animal fluttering its tail went viral on social media.
A Twitter user said, “Oh yeah, you’re definitely not seeing me in the water this summer. F ** k no (sic).”
Another commented, “Yeah, that’s a no to beaches in New York for me this year.”
A scared social media user simply wrote, “Yikes.”
There are only two species of Mako sharks left – the longfin and the shortfin.
Mako sharks can travel at speeds of up to 100 mph to catch their food and can jump up to nine meters out of the water.
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