Tuesday 17 October 2017

WATCH: Great white shark jumps at seal in spectacular mid-air strike

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Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

An extraordinary piece of footage captures the moment a great white shark leaps from the Atlantic in pursuit of seal.

Researchers with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the Atlantic Shark Conservatory captured the moment off the US coast on August 17.

It's the latest shark spectacular for viral video fans, following champion surfer Mick Fanning's encounter off South Africa last month.

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On this occasion, the great white breaches but fails to catch the seal in its jaws.

Then it repeats the feat, all over again.

Just three days previously, a pair of beaches in Cape Cod were closed after a great white shark was sighted biting a seal and spitting it onto the sand.

That particular seal did not survive.

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