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WATCH: White shark feasts on dead whale off Cape Cod coast

A group of people on a private whale watching excursion got more than they bargained for when they saw a white shark feasting on a dead whale on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Joanne Jarzobski/SeaSalt Charters)

A group of people on a private whale watching excursion got more than they bargained for Friday morning when they saw a white shark feasting on a dead whale.

“Holy Wow: great white shark eating a deceased minke whale!” a post on the SeaSalt Charters Facebook page noted.

A few videos show the whale floating belly up in the water near the tip of Cape Cod as the shark swims toward it and takes a few chomps.

One photo taken by Joanne Jarzobski, a marine biologist and naturalist for SeasSalt Charters, shows the shark up close, its mouth stained with blood.

A press release from New England Aquarium stated that the whale carcass was first spotted on Wednesday by Rob Martin, a fisherman. He saw it bobbing in the water about seven miles east of Plymouth Harbor in Cape Cod Bay.

The next day, the whale’s body was relocated to the northeast in Cape Cod Bay. By Friday, SeaSalt Charters found it near Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod.

“The minke carcass, over the course of two days, had floated into much a higher density white shark habitat,” according to the release. “White sharks, which are occasionally seen in Cape Cod Bay, frequent the Atlantic-side beaches of the Outer Cape with much greater frequency, as their preferred prey of live, large grey seals, can be found in great abundance from Monomoy Island and Chatham at the elbow of Cape Cod, to Race Point in Provincetown.”

Jarzobski said she believes the whale likely died because it became entangled in fishing gear.

The release noted that while a team from the Center for Coastal Studies investigated the floating carcass for any evidence of entanglement, no other details were available.

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