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As a Provincetown native well-acquainted with Cape Cod’s countless beaches, Dom Richmond has seen a most sharks over the years, consisting of blue and also basking.

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But at period 30, there was one kind he hadn’t checked off his list: a an excellent white. That readjusted on Saturday — and also he recorded the exciting moment top top video.

While sit on the beach, Richmond and his girlfriend, Susy, i found it a seal bobbing the head not too far from shore at Race allude Beach. He no think lot of it in ~ first, but then Richmond, who lives in Brooklyn but is house visiting his household in Provincetown, noticed that the pet was “swimming awkwardly.”


Moments later, he saw the dorsal and tail fin the a great white shark cutting with the ocean, close up door in on the clearly injured pinniped.

“I’ve to be wanting to view one for a lengthy time,” Richmond said. “Every time ns go ~ above the water I’m always looking for sharks.”

Richmond, a photographer and videographer, said the seal first swam toward shore, whereby it rested for a short time prior to returning to the water.

“It was sort of roll in through the waves and also trying to simply lay up on the beach,” that said. “It obtained to the beach and also was sitting there because that awhile.”

At the point, the shark had traveled under the beach, whereby it was spotted by various other people and also a lifeguard. This attracted a small crowd of world to Richmond and also the seal.

“Once the lifeguard began coming down the beach, much more people followed,” Richmond said.

When the seal ventured back into the ocean, the shark made a pass at its food in the shallow waters. This time, the seal did not escape.

“The shark would certainly come at it, however at first it was too close to shore so that swam far again,” Richmond said. “Ten minutes later the shark come back, and that’s as soon as you view the shark take it the seal under and also it never came back up.”


Richmond post the video to his Instagram account, Richmond Vision Studio, top top Monday.

“Great White shark comes way near to shore while eating a seal!” Richmond composed in the caption for the video, which the paired with dramatic, “Jaws”-like music.

In a much longer version that the video sent come the Globe, the shark can be watched circling approximately the seal, that is tail thrashing in the water.

According to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app, which gives reported and confirmed shark sightings, a short-term no-swimming order to be issued by lifeguards at Race suggest Beach just prior to noon Saturday, after ~ the shark was an initial spotted. The stimulate expired one hour after the sighting.

Officials native the conservancy, a nonprofit the works v state officials to tag and also track an excellent whites turn off Cape Cod, confirmed Tuesday that the shark in the video was a an excellent white.

Another an excellent white shark was spotted off olions Beach ~ above Sunday, according to the conservancy, where it ate a seal “a pair hundred yards turn off the beach.” A shark was additionally spotted off Chatham later that afternoon by a pilot.

There to be two other sightings last week that temporarily closeup of the door Head the the Meadow beach in Truro.

Richmond said the video didn’t “do justice” come showing how close to coast the shark had come because that its meal. He claimed the apex predator was about 20 come 30 feet far from whereby the waves to be breaking top top the sand.

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“It to be something I had been trying to watch for as long as i’ve known about sharks top top the Cape,” stated Richmond. “For me to see it ~ above the coast at my feet, I simply happened to be at the right location at the best time.”

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