Shocking picture shows three great white sharks feasting on a whale only days after first sighting of the year
THREE great white sharks have been pictured feasting on a dead whale – just days after the first sighting of the year.
The predators devoured the humpback as they ripped it to shreds in the water just off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts on Wednesday.
Officials at the Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket were informed on Tuesday that a dead whale had been floating in the Madaket Harbor for days, the Boston Herald reported.
Researcher Peter Corkeron, of the Kraus Marine Mammal Conservation Program of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, branded a dead whale the "biggest smorgasbord" for a shark.
Marine experts have admitted there has been a rise in “unusual” humpback whale deaths over the last six years.
NOAA Fisheries data has revealed there have been 33 humpback whale strandings recorded in Massachusetts since 2016.
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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 sighting comes just days after a great white was spotted off the Massachusetts coast on Memorial Day.
Footage captured the moment the beast chomped down on a seal while swimming near the waters of a Nantucket beach on May 29.
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The sharks frequently tend to lurk in water that’s shallower than 15 feet.
Beachgoers wading in the Cape Cod waters have been urged to stay close to the shore so they can be rescued if they encounter a shark.
Three great whites were also spotted off the coast of North Carolina in April.
A 990-pound shark named Ulysses was seen on April 6, while a juvenile that weighed 700 pounds was spotted on April 10.
The largest shark spotted was a beast named Mahone, who measured 13 feet 7 inches.
And, footage shared online showed a ten-foot-long mako shark flapping as it was washed up on the beach in Long Island, New York.
The animal was spotted by a fisherman at Point Lookout, News 12 reported.
The fisherman called the Department of Environmental Conversation for assistance after realizing the marine creature was struggling.
But, the shark had disappeared by the time crews had reached the beach.
Footage of the animal flapping its tail went viral on social media.
One Twitter user said: “Ohh yeah, you definitely not seeing me in the water this summer. F**k no (sic).”
Another commented: “Yeah, it’s a no for beaches in New York for me this year.”
A fearful social media user simply posted: “Yikes.”
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There are only two species of Mako shark remaining – the longfin and shortfin.
Mako sharks can travel at speeds of up to 100mph to catch their food and can jump up to nine meters out of the water.
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