Boy’s Reaction To Bloody Attack At Alcatraz Totally Steals Shark’s Thunder
Visitors to Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay on Saturday watched in amazement as a great white shark hunted and killed what appeared to be a seal or sea lion just off one of the island’s docks, according to NBC Bay Area.
Video of the bloody chase was uploaded to YouTube Monday, featuring surprisingly adorable commentary from a young boy who was obviously having one of the best days ever.
“That’s awesome looking!” the boy says in the video. “That’s the awesomest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Our little buddy certainly knows his “Jaws” trivia and correctly identified the shark as a great white. According to a statement from David McGuire, a research associate with the California Academy of Sciences and director of the shark conservation group Shark Stewards, the predator appeared to be an 8- to 10-foot great white shark.
“It’s actually a sign that maybe the San Francisco Bay is getting a little healthier, that you have top predators like white sharks coming in,” McGuire told KTVU. “It’s the first known predation of a sea lion that I know of in San Francisco Bay in historical times.”
But it isn’t the first time great white sharks have entered the bay.
From 2000 to 2008, several California researchers tagged more than 100 sharks and tracked their movements, according to a 2009 report from the San Jose Mercury News. Five of the tagged sharks swam underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and into the bay between 2007 and 2008, although researchers don’t know where in the bay the sharks traveled.
Makes you wonder about the Alcatraz inmates who attempted to escape the now-defunct prison, doesn’t it?
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