A new video shows a great white shark chomping down on a camera off the coast of Massachusetts, according to CBS Boston.
CBS Boston reported Tuesday that Dr. Greg Skomal shot the footage on a GoPro device near Cape Cod.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) told CBS Boston that the incident involving the 12-foot-long animal occurred Monday in the waters by Chatham.
The clip shows the shark circling around in greenish water before latching on to the GoPro, with its jagged teeth and tongue wrinkles visible due to its full bite.
Some Twitter users on Wednesday voiced amazement at the confrontation between a camera and one of the ocean’s largest predators.
CBS Boston broadcaster Paula Ebben on Tuesday explained why great white sharks frequent the Atlantic Ocean region near Monomy, Massachusetts.
“If you are lucky enough to be on a boat and approach Monomy, from a distance it looks all dark and black and you think, ‘what is that,’ and you get closer, it’s thousands of seals,” she said. “That’s what’s right behind it in the water.”
The AWSC’s website states that “conservation of white sharks is a key factor in the ocean legacy we leave to future generations.”
“The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) was established to support white shark research and education programs to ensure that this important species thrives,” it adds.
“White sharks are an asset to our marine environment. As apex predators they play a critical role in maintaining the health of our ocean’s ecosystem.”
The AWSC’s website maintains that great white sharks are vital as one of the ocean’s largest predatory fish.
“As white shark and other shark species disappear, predator-prey balance becomes disrupted, compromising the health of the world’s oceans and negatively impacting other marine species."