The Food Chain Ends Here…
by Owen James Burke
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy captured this stunning, colorful series of aerial photos of a white shark thinning the grey seal colony off Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Cape Cod. Photo: ©Wayne Davis/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
While the grey seal population continues to explode along the northeast coast of the United States, and particularly along Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the white sharks are also returning. Make no mistake, this is a good thing. It’s nature’s way of population control, and to some it may be the single most magnificent display nature has to offer; this is the end of the food chain.
(Note: Things get a little gory below the jump.)
Seals are tougher than they look, and no creature short of a white shark–at least in these waters–would be able to deliver such a swift and fatal blow. Photo: ©Wayne Davis/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
The aerial footage was captured over Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge–“refuge” is a relative term in the wild.
Above, gulls zero in on the smorgasbord. Only the sea could dream up such a radiant presentation of crimson and turquoise. Photo: ©Wayne Davis/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
Marine biologists and ecologists have described the burgeoning grey seal population along New England as a problem. The recent influx of white sharks to the area is nothing if not relief–restorative balance for the fragile ecosystem.
Above, tranquility returns as the shark polishes off the last of its meal and the gulls sort through the scraps. To the right, you can see a pair of seals still seeking refuge in the shallows. Photo: ©Wayne Davis/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
Squirm, squabble, fuss as you will, this is nature, and it is beautiful.
Follow the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for more updates on White Shark sightings and research along The US’ eastern seaboard. –OJB