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Monday, September 25, 2017

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Off the coast of the Hamptons, one of the most famous New York vacation spot, a tourist captured a natural sight with his drone that looks like a scene straight out of a horror movie. The movie shows a glorious huge school of menhaden fish being attacked and devoured by a shiver, or group, of sharks.

Massachusetts Marine Fisheries senior scientist Gregory Skomal say that it is a common occurrence for sharks to feed on big schools of fish, even near popular recreation sites like the Hamptons’ beaches. He told National Geographic, “Sharks’ travel patterns in the area are well documented, and include regularly feeding on large schools of fish. This year we’ve seen an increase in schools of menhaden in the area, leading to more of these occurrences.” 

According to Skomal, the sharks seen in the video are most likely dusky or sandbar sharks, which are two of the most common species of shark in the North Atlantic Coast. He said, “These species have a very strong seasonal presence, from New Jersey all the way up to the coast of Maine.” Skomal explained that this geographic region is known as the New York Bight.

Shifting water temperatures lead to migration patterns that will usually bring these types of sharks to the area. Skomal noted that beach goers need not fear however, because these types of sharks are not known to attack humans. 

National Geographic reports, “The area has seen a growth in shark activity, with a reported nine baby white sharks being born in the last year. This and other recent data led OCEARCH, a nonprofit organization for marine science and shark research, to report that Long Island may be a nursery, or a birthing site, for sharks along the East Coast. As shark sightings gain attention, hopeful sightseers turn to modern tools to capture these moments. In particular, drones equipped with cameras have been put to use, producing stunning video. Skomal points out that through the use of drones to document shark feeding, we get a look at these creatures in a new way.”

Skomal told the publication, “With drone technology being used like this, we’re seeing these kinds of images for the first time. It’s fascinating to see the natural biology of these animals and these interactions between predator and prey taking place.”

By Hannah Hayes