Harbormaster can’t find seal-eating shark

Plymouth Harbormaster's boat

The Plymouth Harbormaster couldn’t find a shark off Stage Point, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.

Harbormaster Chad Hunter spent “a couple of hours” looking from Manomet Point down to Churchill’s Landing for the shark that, according to a kayaker who reported it, attacked a seal.

He said the kayaker said she the attack occurred about 10 to 15 feet from her, which leads him to believe it was a credible sighting. “Very few animals attack seals. It kind of narrows it down,” he said.

The area where it happened is probably the greatest density of seals in the area, Hunter said. Seals are a main food source for great white sharks that have been seen off Chatham in recent months.

As the water off Manomet gets colder, the seal population will increase, he noted. And with it, the likelihood of sharks. “It’s something to watch out for,” Hunter said.

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