Police officials from the Ocean Shores of Washington state are warning people against swimming in the water because there is evidence of a great white shark stalking the shores.
The warning was issued after researchers did some tests on a dead seal that was found bitten in half.
The seal was discovered on the beach near Ocean Shores and test analysis confirmed that the animal had been bitten in half at the ribcage by a great white shark.
Judging by the bite marks left on the seal, the experts believe the shark is very big and has a set of very strong teeth.
Craig Bartlett, from the Department of Fish and Wildlife told the news that the bite was very precise and it was made right below the seal’s ribcage. When the animal was found, half of its body was missing.
The seal was a female that weighed more than 200 pounds. The animal’s stomach was filled with smelt, which indicates that it had been recently attacked close to the shore.
According to the animal’s necropsy, the Bartlett said that the bite was made by an 18 foot great white shark.
The area where the seal was found is where seals usually come to feed on smelt, close to the shore. This is why the Ocean Shores officials and the Department of Fish and Wildlife representatives believe that the great white shark might still be in proximity.
Bartlett said that people should keep away from the water until things settle.
Great white sharks are known to appear of the coast of Washington and their favorite meal consists of marine mammals.
Although great white sharks don’t usually get too close to the shore, biologists believe that this one may have be carried by a warm current.
So far, there have been only two cases of sharks attacking humans registered in the state of Washington. One occurred in the 1830s and the other happened in 1989. None of the attacks have been fatal.
Other agencies have been notified of the great white shark’s presence around the coast, including the Coast Guard, local governments, state parks and tribes on the coast.
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