The boys are back in town. Not the Chads. We're talking about the sharks.
The warmer water temperatures have brought the apex predators back to island waters searching for food - specifically seals. And on the Fourth of July, at least one shark was recorded having a feast off Great Point.
Several island residents managed to record the predation event, as the shark was close enough to shore to see it thrashing, and to witness the water turn red.
One of those Nantucket residents who recorded the encounter was Allyson Silverthorne Bold. Right away, Silverthorne Bold said, she knew what she was witnessing. As a frequent visitor to Great Point, she had actually been expecting to see such a predation event.
“Absolutely,” she said. “We live here year-round and knew it was just a matter of time before we saw this happen.”
Sharks have become frequent visitors to Nantucket in recent years, attracted by the exploding seal population. In addition to great white sharks, Nantucket residents also spotted hammerhead sharks around the island last summer. Anyone witnessing a shark around island waters is encouraged to report it on the Sharktivity app.
The video footage above was recorded by Edita Zeka, Allyson Silverthorne Bold, and Kara Parhiala.