Researchers tagged the first great white shark of the season today off Nauset Beach, and for the second time witnessed a shark eating a seal.
The approximately 12 foot shark was tagged by Dr. Greg Skomal of the state division of marine fisheries during the twice-weekly population study trips along the coast sponsored by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.
It was the second time this week that researchers had seen a great white shark; the first of the season was spotted Monday, an 11-foot animal seen off Monomoy. That was also the first time this season that the scientist saw a shark preying on a gray seal, an event they only witnessed twice all last summer. Earlier this week several videos were also posted online of a shark attacking a seal just off a beach in Provincetown.
Skomal named the shark seen Friday off the southern end of Nauset Beach Luke after a fisherman friend who recently passed away, according to the Conservancy's Facebook posting.
The shark population study, now in its third year, has identified more than 140 individual sharks; researchers have tagged more than 70 sharks with a variety different types of tags over the past six years.
ALSO FROM THIS WEEK'S PAPER: THEY'RE HERE: RESEARCHERS SEE SEASON'S FIRST GREAT WHITE SHARK